I didn't choose to write about the initial teaser trailer for Beauty and the Beast, as I wanted to wait and get more of a feel for what this Bill Condon-directed live-action adaptation would have to offer. Now we have a full trailer that goes more into the look of the film, let alone an understanding that it will be pretty much a shot-for-shot remake of the 1991 Oscar-winning animated classic. Here's the thing - it looks pretty good.
The fortunate thing for Disney is how, regardless of quality (I mean just look at Maleficent), this movie is going to make a gazillion dollars this March. Disney has tapped into something special with these adaptations and it has mostly yielded good-to-great films (The Jungle Book, Cinderella, Pete's Dragon). Audiences are more than happy to get excited for this take on a film that is so beloved and looks to be being treated with love and respect. Also, it again helps that the film looks very good.
You likely know this story and you may or may not know that some details have been changed (Belle is now a budding inventor, following her father's footsteps). There are also new songs being added to the film. The real concern likely revolves around how to bring this living castle to life. Nevermind, the fact that Beauty and the Beast has been a live-action film many times before, notably the 1946 version by Jean Cocteau, we are now in a time when CG can be utilized to see things like a talking tea pot come to life. It is a little off putting, but getting a full film will likely help with that.
Honestly, my biggest interest is in Gaston and the portrayal by Luke Evans (an actor I don't know as one to play up the silly manliness that make for a fun villain to watch). We really only get a lot of the highlights and obviously a lot of focus on Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as the Beast. They seem to be doing what is required of them and I can only hope the rest of the film delivers as well.
Disney's Beauty and the Beast opens in theaters on March 17, 2017.
Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is a live-action re-telling of the studio’s animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs. “Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within. The film stars: Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Oscar® winner Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s eccentric, but lovable father; Josh Gad as Lefou, Gaston’s long-suffering aide-de-camp; Golden Globe® nominee Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, the candelabra; Oscar nominee Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Oscar nominee Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and two-time Academy Award® winner Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts.
Directed by Oscar® winner Bill Condon based on the 1991 animated film, “Beauty and the Beast” is produced by Mandeville Films’ David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman with eight-time Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken, who won two Academy Awards® (Best Original Score and Best Song) for the 1991 animated film, providing the score, which will include new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and Howard Ashman, as well as several new songs written by Menken and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice. “Beauty and the Beast” will be released in U.S. theaters on March 17, 2017.