The New Beauty and the Beast Plugs Right Into the Uncanny Valley

Disney finally released their first official trailer for their remake of the beloved animated classic, and oh god, it’s worse than I thought.

This is quite possibly some of the worst CGI I have ever seen outside of a bad animated film. The designs and movements of the household objects are absolutely horrifying. In hand-drawn cartoon form, they looked adorable, but here they just look WRONG.

The Beast’s face isn’t too bad, though it could have been more, well, beastly. However, there are some shots of him moving and they look off.

And that’s the whole problem. Everything looks OFF. And it’s creepy.

What makes this bad is that we just had The Jungle Book remake, which had breathtaking CGI. The animals almost looked REAL. And the setting was very believable. But here, none of the nonhuman characters look or move right.

What the hell happened? Was the budget slashed? Did Disney want to rush this out? Either way, the entire look of the movie is terrible. Again, the colour palette for this movie is weak. With the exception of a few scenes, everything is dulled and muted down. And the costumes for Belle are underwhelming (what have they done to her iconic golden gown???).

The only thing that this movie has going for it is the SOUND. The Beast’s voice is great–he sounds coarse and rough but still emotional and haunting. And the music sounds like it’s going to stay true to the original. And I guess from what I can discern, the story looks pretty loyal to the original as well.

But then, this raises the question…what’s the point?? Why take a classic film and remake it if you’re not going to do anything new with it and have horrible effects? This was my problem with the Cinderella remake…there was literally nothing new added (if anything it made Cinderella herself a weaker character) that it ended up becoming dull.

This is really disappointing. I could be wrong; maybe this movie will turn out to be amazing. But as it stand, I don’t like how the movie LOOKS, and I’m going to stick with the animated version. At least that movie is beautiful in every way. This movie is trying too hard to be beautiful but ends up looking ugly.


Author: Laura Alexander

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