The virtue of courage is high up on the list of Disney princess must-haves (just below kindness, beauty and a strapping prince in tight pants). So three cheers for Dreamgirls director Bill Condon and star Emma Watson for having the courage to make a live-action musical adaptation of Disney's adored Beauty and the Beast with 2017 gender politics and a diverse cast. Not only is this new Belle the studio's most feminist princess to date, the update boasts the first (and second) interracial kiss to ever appear in a Disney movie, as well as the first openly gay character.
Forget Matt Damon and his shitty potatoes: the latest Martian castaway aching for Earth is a lanky teenage oddball played by British actor Asa Butterfield (Hugo) in this good-natured but crushingly bland romantic melodrama. Butterfield is Gardner Elliot, whose spacefaring mom didn’t realise she was pregnant until she was halfway to Mars and ended up giving birth in a half-built human colony. Unable to ship the baby back to Earth (he’d never survive the increased gravity), spaceflight CEO Nathaniel Shepherd (Gary Oldman) opts to keep Gardner’s existence a secret. Sixteen years later, the lad has struck up an online friendship with high-schooler Tulsa (Britt Robertson) and, like all healthy teenage boys across the solar system, he’s hoping for a closer connection. Will new scientific breakthroughs allow him to make the trip home?
In a small town near the North Pole, two burning souls come together to find inner peace.
The subject which the film mainly deals with is 'love.' What is particularly interesting in this regard is that the film has the power to make the subject a rather tempting pursuit, while it does a great job in drawing out love’s misery, that is. Split into mainly two parts, the film's background in the first part is the aftermath of Young-hee’s (played by Kim Min-hee) break up with Sang-won (played by Moon Sung-keun). Heartbroken Young-hee, who still manages to believe in true love, finds herself in Hamburg re-accounting her love story with a friend, Ji-young (played by Seo Young-hwa).