Disney's live-action Pinocchio adaption has received mixed reviews from both fans and reviewers. This trend of criticism coming from many directions and highlighting the shortcomings of many of Disney's live-action remakes of classic classics is not new. Disney's live-action films don't inherently lack value because of one or two bad films (or even fantastic films with some disappointing components), as viewers we tend to focus much more on the faults than the benefits.
Even though these adaptations frequently recycle existing material, there is still something new to be conveyed. The Beauty and the Beast and Cinderella, for instance, largely adhere to the structure of the original tales, but both are entertaining to watch because of the little bit of additional backstory we get to know the characters. New songs are given to Belle (Emma Watson) and the Beast (Dan Stevens) that go further into their personas. LeFou, in example, has a different personality from the original but yet exudes the same amount of enthusiasm (owing to the performance of Josh Gad). Cinderella features an intriguing exchange between the title character (Lily James) and Lady Tremaine (Cate Blanchett) that highlights differences between the two much more sharply than in the animated version.
Storyline alterations in Disney Live-Action Remakes are welcome
Sometimes, adding new information results in whole rewrites of the plot, which isn't necessarily a terrible thing. Even though Mulan deviated from the original mythology and the Disney adaptation, the new additions don't completely invalidate the film's status as a work of art. When compared to the musical, which features upbeat numbers and Eddie Murphy-voiced talking dragons, the live-action Mulan adopts a strategy that works best for the new media. The new Mulan still uses magical elements, but they are placed in new locations to create a distinct story rather than using comical ones. It's vital to understand that the new version isn't a recounting of the original story, but rather a well-known story with a fresh perspective, as with any adaptation.
The modifications that the adaptations reflect may not always be enjoyable to audiences that went to the theatre because they are lovers of the animated classics. However, some stories don't always need new interpretations. Even so, it's crucial to keep in mind that change doesn't always imply inferiority. It's just different, thus it's acceptable to not like the updated version. However, the fresh narrative that these remakes present are still worthwhile.
For instance, both favourable and negative alterations were made to the live-action version of Aladdin. While not fully fascinating in terms of visual movement, Jasmine's (Naomi Scott) new song, for instance, enhanced her character and allowed her development more screen time. The Genie is in the same boat. It's time for a character makeover for our favourite beloved magic guy; Will Smith takes over for Robin Williams' quirky, reference-loving wisp to play our favourite lovable magic man's charming magical wingman. He even gets a romantic subplot, which wonderfully ties into the movie's framing method.
As a smaller-scale reference to the Middle Eastern/South Asian-inspired culture that Agrabah was built on, Aladdin also includes a complex dance scene. Overall, the movie expanded on the original subject and told it in a creative, entertaining style that set it apart from the original novel while maintaining its main plot.
Maleficent Reverses the Meaning of Sleeping Beauty
Not to be forgotten is the imaginative retelling of Sleeping Beauty that gave rise to Maleficent. This version depicts a well-known fairy tale—so well-known that everyone is familiar with it—from an entirely new point of view, including maybe the most recognisable villain in the history of early Disney animation. Modern retellings often present stories from the viewpoint of the antagonist, which is a goldmine for developing new characters. Maleficent acknowledged the cheery and sunny fairy tale setting of Sleeping Beauty and portrayed it from the perspective of a grim epic fantasy, of course, with a hearty dose of redemption and love. Following closely on 2013's Frozen, 2014's Maleficent also provided its own subversion of the true love's kiss in a manner that is both unexpected and appropriate for the tone of the narrative.
When it comes to watching fairy tale movies, having options is refreshing. You can watch the sing-song world of Briar Rose one day and then ride into combat with Maleficent the next. It's fascinating for fans of the original animation to see a newer, darker interpretation of the narrative that corresponds to our generation; it's almost as if the narrative has aged with us. Maleficent leads us on a trip that is both well-known and novel.
Similar to 101 Dalmatians, Cruella serves as a prequel to that film. Although not necessarily a direct prequel, Cruella's (Emma Stone) journey into the maddening world of the Baroness (Emma Thompsonfashion )'s offers the ideal story for those who enjoy high-stakes heists and also happen to be interested in the iconic Cruella DeVille.
All of this is to suggest that Disney remakes frequently incorporate things that aren't from the original but give the remake a new and intriguing spin, even though occasionally the plots don't totally work from a writer's position and/or a viewer's angle. The structure of fairy tales is enhanced by several modifications, such as The Beauty and the Beast and Cinderella. Maleficent and Cruella offer illustrations of live-action remakes that use an old framework to tell an altogether new story, while Mulan and Aladdin demonstrate that adaptations of their kind aren't just rehashes of their source material.
However, several Disney remakes lack any redeeming qualities
However, there are still remakes in circulation that make it challenging to identify the advantages. Pinocchio and even The Lion King adaptations have the potential to come out as dull and superfluous. The following is some of the harshest criticism of films like these: An needless adaptation will only encourage you to see the similar but superior film. These movies serve as a reminder that there are other stories with the same idea but more heart and passion. What else is there to do in this situation but watch the original movie?
Even though the outcome appears to be unpleasant, it nonetheless reminds us of the movies we previously fell in love with. It's never a bad thing to watch an excellent movie after viewing a bad one; in certain situations, bad adaptations might even lead viewers who have never heard of the story before to the original, thereby gaining new admirers. Even though it takes longer to get there, the end result is still a fairy tale lover.
Disney live-action remakes have received a lot of positive and negative press, but they are not as worthless as we have been made to believe. There is always something new to say about fairy tales, and even the most disappointing Disney adaptations have their moments. Short version: We've all been way too critical of the live-action Disney remakes. It's time to allow ourselves to experience magic once more.