Critic Review - Television Without Pity

A serviceable version of a classic fairy tale minus that crucial touch of magic.

January 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Television Without Pity | Comments (13)
Television Without Pity

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Chaz Breithaupt

Chaz Breithaupt

your a moron

Jan 16 - 10:40 AM

Zachary Palumbo

Zachary Palumbo

Irony.

Jan 17 - 10:12 PM

allister w.

allister w

While I do not agree with Alter your comment only paints you the "moron."

Alter does have a certain point: The Disney version does indeed lack the mysterious magical quality of the Jean Cocteau classic (where the Beast felt threatening). However the Disney version is great in its own right, possessing the best that the studio has had to offer post-Walt Disney himself.

Jan 25 - 09:20 AM

Diablo

Zachary Moss

and you are a faggot, but you don't see me whining.

Feb 4 - 03:41 PM

Rachel South

Rachel South

did we watch the same movie? obviously not.

Jan 16 - 01:49 PM

allister w.

allister w

That's an all too common and quite silly comment that we have heard a zillion times when someone does not share a critical opinion.

Jan 25 - 09:16 AM

Miles Greb

Miles Greb

you are factually wrong. And now no one likes you :/ not an in-depth response, but a fitting one.

Jan 21 - 12:16 PM

Samantha Santiago

Samantha Santiago

Since when is the quality of a film factual? Quality is always subjective.

Jan 29 - 10:58 AM

Eric Rodriguez

Eric Rodriguez

Quality is factual. Opinion is subjective. Believe it or not, there is a difference.
Just because a film is not somebody's cup of tea does not mean it is a low quality film. Beauty and the Beast is a great film. A well crafted work of art. To claim it is low quality in anyway is, in fact, factually incorrect.
Anybody can feel free to dislike it, but if they are going to claim it is low quality, they better be prepared to back that statement up with real arguments and facts.

Jan 29 - 02:46 PM

Andrew Kopec

Andrew Kopec

Quality is a subjective term, and how it is measured varies from person to person.
More often than not, I determine the quality of something based on my personal experience and opinion--my own view and findings, and how it appeals to me and my senses. In other words: Movies that I like are amazing, and movies that I don't like are terrible.

Also, if this movie was objectively great, it would please EVERYBODY, wouldn't it?

Jul 3 - 09:12 PM

Paul Housley

Paul Housley

I can't get over the fact that the author refers to Belle as 'bland'. I'm not oblivious to the flaws of the film - in fact I think Alter does a reasonable job of outlining some of those flaws and I'd even add a few more myself if I were to write a full review - but his characterization of Belle as bland (not to mention creepy?!) seems to be the primary justification for the negative review.
He casts the central romance as unconvincing based on this 'bland' premise and uses that as a jumping-off point to denigrate some of the supporting characters.
Of course he makes no mention of Gaston - a brilliant villain and the source of the 'magic' that Alter seems to have missed. Not only is Gaston hilarious, he's also believably motivated and provides an obvious counter-point to the Beast with his blend of outward beauty and ugliness inside.
Rather than fixate on the brief nature of Belle and the Beast's courtship, I think it's worth your time to consider that this film may be structured around the villain a little more than is typical. He's not just an obstacle to overcome - he plays a pivotal role in shaping Belle's tastes (for men who are dislike Gaston of course) and he is also the primary catalyst that drives the plot forward.

I guess I'm saying that a review that doesn't mention Gaston doesn't seem like much of a review to me.

Jan 30 - 10:14 PM

tomato e.

tomato eater

Hey, Paul. :) I'm replying to you because I, too, was very surprised that Ethan Alter sees Belle as 'bland'.
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My take on Belle spans a 20 year period. My first impression of her (when I saw Beauty and the Beast's original release in the theater), was that she was strong-willed, compassionate, and even a bit dreamy (head in the clouds). I related to her in all those areas. She even had a few bonus points where I was concerned: she devoured books, she wasn't afraid to stand up for herself, she was brave in the face of the unknown...
~ ~ ~
Well, I saw "Beauty and the Beast" again today, and 20 years later, I feel the same way about Belle's character.
~ ~ ~
I didn't like the 3D treatment, but I will always adore this movie. Though the colors of the movie may have been dampened through the glasses, the spirit of the movie certainly wasn't!
~ ~ ~
It's a shame that Mr. Alter missed the true Beauty of it all.

Feb 4 - 11:13 PM

Dylan Rau

Dylan Rau

Oh look a bandwagon herpa derpity derp! Your so wrong Alter herpa derpa, I love this movie derpa derp, I rank this as number two after Inderption!
Derp

Mar 31 - 02:30 AM

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