|Why use your legs when you have me?|
Cocteau’s ethereal yet dark masterpiece is one of the most transcendent fantasy films of all time. The scene when the beast dies (temporarily) in Belle’s arms still haunts me after all these years and multiple viewings. Disney’s version has a similar moment when we think Belle’s declaration of love seems moments too late. Such dark romanticism with just a hint of bestiality, it seems totally natural that the story be remade into a lame teen movie without all that pesky mortality, sacrifice and torture of the original fairytale. “Beastly” is that poorly-made contemporary telling that is, sadly, only skin deep.