La belle et la bête was enjoyable. The film was artistic and featured multiple narrative elements such as time, range, and depth. The older film having faced issues with development during the making of the film has pulled off a great feat. Now to begin the analysis:
When Belle is using the Beast’s glove to transport back and forth between the her father’s house and the castle, the beginning scene is slow as she fades away and fades back through the wall of her father’s house. The second time she transports, she fades in and out much faster. The third time, you can hardly tell she did as all she did was slip on the glove and get up! Time is playing a part in this scene as each scene was shorter as the whole concept of transportation was already introduced before.
The french Beauty and the Beast uses an unrestricted range when Avenant and Ludovic try to steal the Beast’s treasure and kill him. The Beast and Belle are in another scene completely unaware of what is going on in the room full of treasure. These two scenes play out parallel to each other and the audience knows more than the characters do individually. This allows the director to portray the cause and effect events that allow the Beast to rise once again.
As far as depth goes, the movie is mostly subjective on Belle but is not privy to her thoughts and feelings. We are only able to catch what she sees and what others say to her. When not following Belle, the movie is objective as it jumps between the characters and the events in which they are experiencing. This way we can see the whole story and not a one sided story of Belle.
Other than learning a bit of French, it was a good experience to watch the Beauty and the Beast and compare it to the Disney one that I remember. Sometimes during the film, I was comparing scenes. I was always waiting for the wolves to come out and Beast to save Belle. I was waiting for Gaston to appear although he never did. It is interesting to watch this original when the Disney one is on your mind. I look forward to discussing this tomorrow!