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Disney’s Animated ‘Beauty and the Beast’ is Irrelevant, Suggests Film Mag

The latest cover of the Total Film is totally something:

"Total Film" cover.

According to the British film publication, Disney’s live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast, directed by Bill Condon, is “darker, smarter…relevant.”

Darker and smarter are comparative adjectives, so the magazine is clearly comparing the new film to its 1991 Oscar-nominated-for-best-picture animation counterpart. But when it comes to relevancy, they chose not to use a comparative form, such as more relevant. It’s plainly and simply…relevant.

There’s a clear implication to that headline, and it’s a bold opinion to express on the cover of a film magazine. To be expected, it’s been met by some equally bold online reactions to the magazine itself:

So, just to recap, according to Total Film:

Relevant
Beauty and the Beast
Irrelevant
Beauty and the Beast