I’m gonna go completely out of left field on this topic to keep a lighter tone amongst this whole Coronavirus thing, so I would like to discuss about the so called ‘necessity’ of Disney live action remakes.
The first Disney remake is actually not what you’re thinking. It was ‘Rudyard Kipling’s the Jungle Book,’ not the 2016 version but the 1994 film. This film was met with mostly positive reviews according to Rotten Tomatoes but mixed reviews from the audience, possibly due to the fact that the movie had little to do with the actual book Rudyard Kipling wrote despite the title (https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1057637_jungle_bo… (链接到外部网站。)).
In 2010 is when these movies actually started to gain steam with the release of Alice in Wonderland starring an ensemble cast of Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, & Helena Bonham Carter along with the incomparable director Tim Burton (a frequent collaborator with most of the previously mentioned actors). This film went on to make over a billion dollars as did three other Disney remakes: ‘The Lion King,’ ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ & ‘Aladdin’ without even mentioning the modest $966 million Jon Favreau’s Jungle book made also (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Disney_live-… (链接到外部网站。))
As I’m sure you have heard Disney shows no signs of stopping & already has planned for this year the remake of 1998’s Mulan & in the near future of 2021, remakes of 1961’s 101 Dalmatians & even 1953’s Peter Pan (https://screenrant.com/disney-upcoming-movies-live… (链接到外部网站。)). This brings me to my main point.
Are these films necessary & great stand alone films on their own (without mentioning their animated counterparts) or are they simply cash grab’s for Disney fans who want to have a bit of nostalgia?
Even if your opinions are completely different from above, I’d love to hear your thoughts on the topic.