mellicious: Narnia witch in a carriage pulled by polar bears, captioned "OMGWTFPOLARBEAR!" (m15m - polarbear)
Let's just start right out with this: no, Beauty and the Beast didn't really need to be remade. I adored the old cartoon version. What I read about that was that Disney is apparently making tons of money overseas on all these live-action remakes of the old cartoons, so these movies aren't really being made for American audiences at all. It's the best explanation I've heard, anyway.

I guess this one was the first of those remakes I've seen - what else is there so far, just Cinderella and Jungle Book? but there was nothing else we wanted to see last weekend, and I thought if we were going to see it, seeing it while it's still in the big theater seemed like a good idea. Rob hadn't been dying to see it but he liked the old one too so he didn't gripe.

(My mother and I also went to see the Broadway-bound musical way back in 1993, I guess that was. See here. I know I saw it but it didn't make a big impact, to tell you the truth. The most famous person in it, at least then, was Tom Bosley, and I remember being slightly impressed by that part. And it had pretty impressive staging but that's really about all I remember.)

And I have to say that I liked the new movie more than I expected to. I didn't love love love it like I did the older one, but it was still pretty good. The love story works, and a lot of the changes worked at least reasonably well, and... it was pretty good. I do have a tendency to compare it to all those retellings I've read in the interim, like both of Robin McKinley's versions, in one of which the Beast does stay a Beast at the end. But I don't really feel like that would have worked here. This Beast wanted to be a boy again.

I ended up watching a bunch of interviews and stuff on YouTube when I got home, and a bunch of interviews with Dan Stevens (I didn't watch Downton Abbey so I didn't particularly know who he was) and the upshot of that was, that I watched the beginning of Legion - he stars in that also, in case you're not getting the connection there - and I liked it. So then I made Rob watch part of the first episode also, and I'm not sure if he saw enough of it to get hooked but I definitely did. It's interestingly trippy and not at all like what I'd think "Uncanny X-men" would be like even though that's what it's based on. (I haven't read any of those comics but I guess I would expect something more like Doctor Strange, to the extent that I'd thought about it at all.)

(But we also are still watching Daredevil Season 2 and Iron Fist, etc, so we are getting more and more backed up with the TV stuff, and now baseball season has started so there's another thing to compete for our time. So I don't know when we'll get around to that.)

mellicious: Narnia witch in a carriage pulled by polar bears, captioned "OMGWTFPOLARBEAR!" (m15m - polarbear)
I thought Livejournal wasn't going to let me post, but apparently the posting page is alright. It's the user info page that seems to be borked. But anyway....

I seem to still be wanting to talk about Les Miz, probably because I still have the music stuck in my head. I keep looking up videos on YouTube, which isn't helping my Les Miz earworms go away.
 
Here's the link for this embed in case the embed doesn't work. I never can tell if they're going to. (Also I "shared" this link on Facebook yesterday - for some reason - so some of you may have seen it already.) Anyway, the thing is, I thought "Bring Him Home" was easily Jackman's weakest number. Maybe he was going for the tortured effect deliberately, who knows - but it certainly sounded sort of tortured, like he was having trouble hitting those notes. And that really struck me when I listened to somebody who seemingly hits those notes effortlessly. The gentleman singing it here is apparently named Alfie Boe, and since this is from the Brit awards, I'm guessing he's from a recent London cast. And you get Samantha Barks and the big choral numbers besides.



Okay,so it's New Year's Eve and everybody's writing about resolutions. I don't really do resolutions because I immediately forget about them and they're just gone into the void, but if I did it would be the same kind of thing everybody says. Lose some weight (in fact I have lost about 10 pounds over the last couple of months, but I need to lose at least a bit more), take better care of my money, exercise more, the usual stuff. As far as today, I am going to do some work this afternoon and then we will probably just watch TV tonight. I hate dodging the drunks so I don't like to go out on NYE and neither does Rob. So we stay home and play games or whatever and be hermits. I've got the Rose Parade queued up to tape in case I sleep late.

I might write one more entry if I get going later. I have time to get it in under the wire tonight! (I've slacked off on the posting for Holidailies but I'll have 28 entries or so which I think is decent enough!)
mellicious: Narnia witch in a carriage pulled by polar bears, captioned "OMGWTFPOLARBEAR!" (m15m - polarbear)
Sometime around 1990, my mother and I went to see the touring production of Les Miserables. And my mother hated it. Apparently she thought all musicals were supposed to be all sweetness and light and Rodgers and Hammerstein and so forth, and she didn't seem to have gotten a clue from the name, either. I loved my mother, but she had odd ways of thinking sometimes - sort of a mental block, I guess, that didn't let her change her mind about some things come hell or high water. And apparently this was one of those. The only part she liked was "Master of the House" because it was funny.

I thought of this because I more or less dragged Rob to see the movie today, and I was a little nervous about it. But he liked it. I was relieved. I was pretty sure he wasn't going to react like my mother did, but still. I didn't really think he would utterly hate it, but I didn't really expect him to actively like it, either. He even expressed willingness - unprompted - to go see it again later.

I was going to say more but I'm sleepy. Maybe tomorrow.

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