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Disney Live Action Films

Lillian Fiedler 

    Traditionally, the Walt Disney Company has made a name for themselves through their animated films and properties; therefore, it’s kind of ironic to see that some of their biggest releases in 2019 will be live action remakes of their classic films.

    From “Cinderella” to “The Lion King,” Disney’s live action remake list can be traced as far back as the 2010 Tim Burton adaptation of “Alice and Wonderland.” “Maleficent” soon followed in 2014.

    Critic consensus about each of these titles was certainly mixed at points, but quality is notwithstanding to a product’s success. The numbers, certainly, don’t lie—according to Box Office Mojo, “Alice In Wonderland” made back a profit of over 334,000,000 dollars, and “Maleficent” wasn’t too far behind.

    Disney became aware pretty quickly that they had tapped into a lucrative market. “Sleeping Beauty” and “Alice in Wonderland” are animated films that many people are incredibly attached to. The original movies are sources of nostalgia and positive memories for many teens and adults.

    By remaking classic films of theirs with a more mature, live action twist, Disney can almost guarantee strong viewership for new releases without having to create entirely new concepts and stories.

    In fact, unlike “Maleficent,” which used the plot skeleton of “Sleeping Beauty” as a guideline to tell a story from a different perspective, later remakes like “Beauty and the Beast” mimic the story structures of their animated versions almost exactly, down to recreations of iconic musical scenes. “Beauty and the Beast” also ended up making over 1 billion dollars in worldwide revenue according to a report by Forbes, which evidently made completely reselling old properties the massively more successful live action formula.

    Disney’s 2019 movie lineup is a little bit grim. Remakes for “Dumbo,” “Aladdin” and “The Lion King” are slated for release this year, and this really just begs the question: why?

    Cynics would say it’s nothing but a cash grab on Disney’s behalf, and while that assumption isn’t inaccurate, it would be best to give the creators of these films the benefit of the doubt. The intention seems to be that these live action reboots are a way to introduce classic Disney properties to a new, more adult audience.

    While there is nothing wrong with tapping into new demographics, Disney’s method of doing so sends a troubling message. The original “Dumbo” and “The Lion King” already address very heavy topics, like animal abuse, loss of a loved one, murder and even drug use. They also feature a lot of more lighthearted moments to appeal to children, but a big part of the timelessness of those films is their watchability to audiences of all ages. Even the original “Beauty and the Beast” deals with very adult problems and situations.

    Because of this, Disney’s reboots don’t really bring that much to the table. There’s no real point to making a mature reboot of something that is already enjoyable to mature audiences, especially when the thing being rebooted was revered for its inherent adult themes in the first place.

    Another troubling implication about these movies is what they imply about the medium of animation. In America, animation has almost always had a stigma surrounding it. The academy award for best animated picture was only added in 2001 according to The New York Times, and animated movies have been almost completely excluded from consideration for best picture across history.

    When Disney creates live action adaptations of their classic films and claims that they are intended for adults, they are feeding into the belief that animation is for children. In the case of their upcoming adaptation of “The Lion King,” Disney still refers to the film as a live action reboot, despite the fact that it is almost entirely CGI—which technically makes it animated. The fact that Disney associates “live action” with “mature” even when the film isn’t actually live action serves as a testament to their opinions on the matter.

    In the current age, Disney has been relying more and more on reboots and sequels, leaning away from original animated films, or even animated films in general. Though it’s understandable that properties like Star Wars and Marvel are probably a bigger money maker for the studio, it’s hard to forget that “Beauty and the Beast” was the first animated movie to be nominated for best picture. “Beauty and the Beast” was a monumental leap in the history of animation, and the fact that it was one of the first films to receive the Disney live action treatment puts a damper on its incredible legacy.

    Disney’s live action reboots are degrading to the medium of animation and to Disney’s classic movies. By recreating their films in live action and making them “more mature” without significantly changing the source material, Disney is promoting the false idea that animation is only meant for children and cannot be enjoyed by adults.

    Disney live action reboots are little more than cash grabs, and if you’re really looking for a complex, compelling film with adult themes, just look back into Disney’s extensive library of animated features. Those movies are already far more enduring and full of depth than 2017 “Beauty and the Beast.”

    

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“You” TV Show Review

 

Cori Van Orman

IMDb Rating: 7.9/10

Personal Rating: 8/10

    Netflix has recently put “You” on their app. “You” is a very unique show with many twists and turns throughout the first season.

    Although there is only one season out now, it is an awesome show to sit down and binge for hours. “You” will have people in absolute shock.

    The show starts with the main character, Joe, talking to Beck, the girl he falls for, through his thoughts. He is recounting the events of meeting her to show us the events leading up to the future.

    He talks of how he immediately falls for her and he begins to follow her. He finds where she lives and stands outside her apartment watching her.

     Joe uses his secret knowledge of her to his advantage and tricks her boyfriend into meeting him. After making the boyfriend disappear he gets Beck to go out with him.

    He continues to stalk her and her friends for months. After Joe and Beck have a solid relationship he finds out some secrets about her best friend Peach. Beck tries to track down his ex Candace and that causes them to have a life altering fight.

    Near the end of the show, Beck finds a box of Joe’s hidden treasures. This box includes inappropriate items and cell phones of all Joe’s hidden secrets.

    “You” talks of how stalking and love can take a dangerous turn and become terrible. It tries to warn people of the effects of toxic traits and people.                   

    This show is a great way to teach people to be conscious about who they talk to and who they trust. Joe is a very good representation of a man who seems trustworthy and kind based on his job and personality. It is important for people to be aware of their surroundings and who they let into their lives.

    I loved this show. It helped me realize that everyone is not who they seem. If you are looking for a good show with meaning behind it, “You” is a great place to start. Binge-worthy with a touch of teaching is important in a good show.

    This show sucks people in and forces them to rethink dangerous situations they make be putting themselves into by interacting with people they know nothing about.

Jonas Brothers Reunited

Lauren Rayman
The Jonas Brothers recently reunited and released the song “Sucker.”
People began to get exciting shortly after the Jonas Brothers tweeted about the release of the song.
That tweet was the first sign of any activity on the account, @jonasbrothers, since a retweet on September 4, 2013. On February 28, 2019, they tweeted a picture of the song cover and a tweet that read “Midnight ET. #Sucker.” That tweet also included a link to the song.
After not releasing music for so long, the news of their reunion spread like rapid fire across many social media platforms, including Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
Within these social media platforms, many big accounts, including @MTV, @Spotfiy and @PrimeVideo on Twitter, shared their opinions.
@MTV tweeted, “How am I expected to do anything today when the only thing I can think about is the #JonasBrothers? This is a real SOS, @JonasBrothers,” just an hour after the tweet from the Jonas Brothers themselves. Spotify shared their tweet less than two hours later.
Since the announcement of their reunion, the Jonas Brothers have remade their iconic “oh how the tables have turned” video, played a one night show in Los Angeles, California, and joined James Corden on The Late Late Show for an interview segment and carpool karaoke.
In the past when an artist has dropped a song or album without much warning, it took a week or so to top the charts, but this was not the case with the Jonas Brothers’ release of “Sucker.”
The song dropped less than a day after their tweet and has remained at the top of the charts on Spotify and Apple Music. It also has been one of the most requested and played songs on many radio stations all across the country.
Although the song itself is not horrible, many people, including myself, were expecting more from their first song back together.
“Sucker” does not contain the boy band feels that all of the songs released by the Jonas Brothers in the past did, considering they have not released new music for over five years now.
The song is very upbeat, just like a lot of their older music is. But, while it is upbeat, it also carries a very mature vibe to it with the lyrics.
Nick and Joe are the two main singers on the song. Their voices have matured a lot since the last time music was released by them, and this also gives the song a more mature vibe.
One of the main things that has personally stood out to me about the release was how vibrant all of the marketing images have been. All of the images contain the bright colors that Joe, Nick, and Kevin can be seen wearing on the song cover. The music video also reflects this.
Overall, many people, including myself, are pleased with the reunion of the Jonas Brothers. Many people grew up watching the “Camp Rock” movies and listening to the Jonas Brothers, so having them come back to release music together almost seems unreal.
Listen to the song “Sucker” at https://jonasbrothers.lnk.to/suckerTw and follow the Jonas Brothers on Twitter at https://twitter.com/jonasbrothers to keep up with their latest announcements.

Glass- Review

Hannah Bartels
Back from the movie “Unbreakable,” Bruce Willis and Samuel Jackson join James McAvoy and Anya Taylor-Joy from the movie, “Split.” Bruce Willis plays as David Dunn and Samuel Jackson plays as Elijah Price (a.k.a. Mr. Glass). James McAvoy plays Kevin Wendell Crumb and Anya Taylor-Joy plays as Casey Cooke. Together, they join for the trilogy, “Glass.”
According to rottentomatoes.com, “Glass” has been given a 75% liked rating and an average rating of 3.9/5. The movie came into theaters on Friday, Jan. 18 and is 110 minutes long. “Glass” is rated PG-13 for some violence, thematic elements and language.
“Glass” begins with two of the three wanted criminals hiding out in the city. Kevin has commited several more kidnappings of tennage girls to sacrifice for one of his multiple personalities, infamously known as The Beast.
Meanwhile, Casey Cooke is starting over with a somewhat normal life while her uncle remains in prison. David is on a hunt for The Beast to stop the kidnappings but is recognized as a villain rather than a hero.
When The Beast and David go head to head, they are both captured by the police and are transferred to a mental institute with Mr. Glass. Dr. Ellie Staple is a travelling mental doctor and has three days to convince The Beast, David, and Mr. Glass that they are not the heroes they perceive themself as and she must stick to harsh tactics.
For one of her most difficult patients, she realizes that one person can heal them better than she can. In the end, many lives are lost and there are a few plot twists that take create a huge impact on the movie’s plot.
“Mr. Glass” is an exciting movie to watch but only because Kevin is in it and people like to see his other personality, The Beast. The other characters are rather dull in comparison to him. The movie also requires a pretty good knowledge on the plot of “Unbreakable” so it can be challenging to follow if you have not seen it.
In addition, “Mr. Glass” does not have much action either. For a very large portion, the characters are sitting in a contained room. The only real time you will see much action is in the last 30 minutes of the movie which even then, is not that great. And not to mention, the plot is not that exciting either.
The main attraction in the movie is really just the return of the characters. The plot and action are very boring but would be much worse without the characters. The rating given to this movie is very agreeable and suits the movie well.
In short, the movie may not be something to go and spend your money on but if you’re bored on a Friday night and have no plans, then it would be worth seeing. Otherwise, it may just be best to wait and see if it will be streamed onto Netflix or Hulu and see it then so you can save your money.