Is the Beauty and the Beast remake a sign that original ideas are extinct?

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Disney’s Beauty and the Beast opened in theaters last week, with high box office sales. While I enjoyed the movie as I have enjoyed the previous Disney live-action remake The Jungle Book,I feel that Disney’s attempt in recreating their animated classics is encouraging studios to remake various classic movies. The release of Beauty and the Beast is only one in a few planned Disney remakes such as Mulan, Peter Pan, Lion King, Aladdin, etc. While many of these remakes offer a different interpretation of a classic Disney story, Disney is now placing a huge amount of emphasis on the remakes of its stories. Remakes and reboots have become such a cultural norm in Hollywood that original ideas are an idea 0f the past, new story lines are slowly becoming extinct.

While I understand that the main reason for remaking an old Disney movie is to help it withstand the passage and time, surely there must be exciting and original story lines to explore. Disney should focus on developing its original ideas on films like Zootopia, Frozen, Tangled, and Wreck it Ralph. Creating original ideas could help make new classics that would be remembered throughout history.


Logan Review

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In early March I had the chance to see the movie Logan, which is the last movie where Hugh Jackman will play the iconic character of Wolverine. As a fan of the X-men movies and comics, I excitedly awaited to see my favorite mutant on screen for the last time. I am  happy to say that this film lived up to my expectations, this film was more serious-minded, profound and compelling than previous Wolverine films.

The story of Logan is that mutants have gone extinct and Wolverine needs to take care of Charles Xavier who currently has dementia. Along the way, Logan and Charles meet a girl named Laura who is another mutant that may be related to Logan and they both need to drive her across the Canadian border to a haven where other mutant children are rumored to reside.The mutant children are hiding to avoid government officials that want to use them for experiments.

The film didn’t feel like the common mainstream of other Marvel and DC superhero films, it felt more like a Western film like a classic Clint Eastwood movie. With a compelling script and masterful action scenes, Logan is sure to impress all audiences.

Autism Stereotypes in Film

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In today’s generation many people understand that autism is rapidly increasing among our youth. When someone’s child is diagnosed with autism, their parents are normally  fear that their child will lead a dependent and unfulfilling life. Sadly, Hollywood has perpetrated this stereotype characterizing those with the disability  as being weak, dependent or annoying to their peers and family.

The best example of a movie that perpetrated a this stereotype of those on the spectrum  was the 1988 film The Rain Man where Dustin Hoffman played an autistic savant called Raymond Babbitt. The film is a stereotype to people on the autism spectrum because it’s been proven by psychologists that only 10% of autistic individuals share the same qualities that Raymond displays in the movie.

It’s wrong to oversimplify this complex condition and make it seem as if these symptoms are apparent in all autistic individuals. Like all minority groups, there should be proper representation for the autism community not one that generalizes but that acknowledges and understands the different characteristics that manifest in all autistic individuals. My wish is that in the future there will be films that portray an autistic individual that can overcome their obstacles and make it through life.

How “geek movies” have taken over the movie industry

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In 1977 a revolutionary movie gets released in cinemas called Star Wars with amazing special effects and a compelling story, its sadly ahead of its time.However, this film helped create a mythology that many people today are familiar with from its sequels, prequels and spin-offs. After the success of Star Wars, the sci-fi series Star Trek began gaining momentum with its own movies, with the critically acclaimed Wrath of Khan bringing new to the franchise. However, we now live in a time where these movies that were considered “geeky” are dominating the film industry and gaining more fans every day.

Today, we are constantly seeing movies that are targeted towards the geek community. For example, the Marvel Cinematic Universe films have been a dream for most comic book fans. Many fans thought it was impossible for different superheroes with their own stories to be all in one movie, yet today most of these movies accumulate more than 30o million dollars in the box office on average. The emergence of fantasy and anime films is a reminder that there are movies originally targeted towards a geek audience are becoming more mainstream and inclusive.

Autism films are underrepresented in Hollywood

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With Autism Awareness Day approaching, it’s necessary to discuss the reality that Hollywood doesn’t provide individuals with autism disorders the opportunity to show their potential in the world of film. The irony is that The Academy awards considers diversity in their nominated films to include people of all races, sexual orientation, but not those with disabilities. Hollywood is failing to create artistic and well-written stories that deal with autism-spectrum disorders that individuals can relate to.

Despite, the difficult situations that many autistic people encounter in modern society, they are often underrepresented or viewed as a non-important issue. Movies that portray autism accurately receive mixed reviews by critics and don’t get the proper attention they deserve. Despite the 2011 film Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close getting nominated for Best Picture, it was met with negative reviews.

According to Rotten Tomatoes it earned a 46% rating with critics, while other best picture nominated films had higher approval ratings by at least 30% or more. Autism representation can provide a platform to increase the awareness of these struggles and provide assistance. The film industry needs to make more movies that realistically represent people with autism or else where will autistic youth look to for proper representation.