In order of importance, maintaining the delightful, fresh beauty of the original should have been the top priority. Bathing secondary characters in gay should have been a, “Hey, we’ve got a super tight script here. Now let’s see where we can insert some extra character development to make it that much stronger,” decision.
Two important life lessons come to mind after watching the 2017 live-action remake of Disney’s 1991 Oscar nominated feature, Beauty and the Beast:
1. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it (my dad taught me this one).
2. Just because you can doesn’t mean you should (the brilliant theme of Jurassic Park, and a lesson many, many filmmakers ignore every year).
Moonlight is a serious (like, seriously serious) and ponderous film divided into three sections, each depicting events that occur in the life of the main character as he ages from a child (when he’s called “Little”) to a teenager (when he’s call by his given name, Chiron) to an adult (when he’s called “Black”).
FENCES Before we can dive into how wonderful this film is, I want to give a little backstory on how it came to be. Fences was a stage play written by August Wilson in the early 1980’s. It debuted on Broadway in 1987, and ended up winning the Tony Award …
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA For those readers that do not live in Massachusetts, Manchester by the Sea is actually the name of a town. It is a scenic, hour or so drive up the coast from Boston, and it has a population of about 5000 people. Most folks just call …