Walt Disney Studios has thought of something brilliant; remake their animated classics for this generations’ youth. There have been some hits and misses but overall these films are reintroducing these stories to children in bright, colorful, and memorable ways. Today, I’m sharing a lit of the five Disney remakes that have made me really, really happy. Enjoy!
I’ve never seen the original film, I just remember reading the stories and finding myself lost in the pictures and the wonder of it all. When I finally watched Cinderella I was impressed by its story, I loved the extra material, and Cate Blanchett was an absolutely despicably perfect evil stepmother. And the costumes, oh my goodness they were gorgeous.
Plus, I thought Lily James was a beautiful and very sweet Cinderella.
Loyal, brave, and true; those words perfectly describe this movie as well as its heroine, Mulan. Loyalty stands to the writers’ decision to adhere to the original legend, bravery for its narrative choices to change some things and add new characters, and its truth lies at its center, Mulan, who stands tall and is a heroine worth showing to young girls.
I found myself in genuine joy watching this movie unfold in a way similar to the original but powerfully original at the same time. The ending was not what I expected…or exactly what I wanted, but it was a beautiful testament to Mulan’s awesomeness and yeah, I came away from the film pleased with the final product.
3. Lady and the Tramp
I just watched this recently and I thought it was so cute, oh my gosh. I was gushing for practically the entirety of the film and desperately holding back tears at the end too. It was not what I expected and undoubtedly one of the surprise finds on Disney+.
Forget the original, this is my new default version of Aladdin, I love it that much. I’ve seen it now three times and each viewing manages to bring a smile to my face. Will Smith is my favorite Genie, even though Robin Williams did do a phenomenal job. I love Naomi Scott’s Jasmine, who feels far more independent and important in the grand scheme of the story than the one from the 90s’. And Mena Massoud is such a perfect Aladdin!
Yeah…I love this movie.
1. Beauty and the Beast
I’ve seen this movie, I think four times now. Yeah, Emma Watson may not be what we were expecting in a live-action Belle but she holds up well enough to carry the film while the supporting cast around her imbues the movie with the joyous vibe that has made me watch this live-action film the most of any of the other live-action movies.
I mean, Luke Evans just might be the best casting I’ve ever seen as Gaston, Ewan McGregor and Ian McKellen are the perfect people to play Lumiere and Cogsworth, not to mention all of the other supporting cast members; Josh Gad, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Dan Stevens, Emma Thompson, Audra McDonald, Stanley Tucci, oh they were all marvelous.
And yeah, I prefer this to the original version.
Well, these are my five favorite Disney live-action remakes. I can’t wait to see how The Little Mermaid turns out.
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a fantastic day.