Beauty and the Beast is one of the most anticipated films of 2017
Emma Watson will play the central role of Belle, opposite Dan Stevens as the Beast, who will be CGI in Beast mode, and later appear in his human form. Ewan McGregor lends his voice to Lumiere, Sir Ian McKellen is Cogsworth, and Emma Thompson plays Mrs Potts. In human form, we will see Luke Evans as Gaston, Josh Gad as LeFou, and Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s dad.
THE MUSIC IS MAGICAL
The slow, tinkling piano plays the familiar prologue from the opening of the animated Beauty and the Beast, taking viewers right back in time.
The famous snow scene with Belle and the Beast versus the dark, dank confines of the castle dungeons, where Maurice is being held.
Lumiere and Cogsworth both sound great, and McGregor’s French accent sounds decent, which is a relief. McKellen’s casting always seemed entirely correct, and okay, he only has one line here but he really captures Cogswoth’s pompous, brusque nature. However (just from the trailer), Thompson seemed to be not quite as strong as Mrs Potts; what little we did hear seemed to amount to little more than an Angela Lansbury impression
Watson looks to be the picture perfect princess, especially when we get shots of her in the traditional yellow ball gown. The original Belle was a good enough character for the time, but audiences expect a little more from their leading ladies these days.
Evans’ shout of “I say we kill the Beast!” is raw and angry, whereas the animated Gaston is billed as a villain but is one of Disney’s more humorous ones. What is missing from this trailer is any kind of interaction between Gaston and his sidekick and biggest champion, LeFou.
However, something about him looks warm, and human, and it’s evident in the glimpses we have of him talking to Belle.Dan Stevens’ movements, so perhaps that makes it easier to give him a human quality. Stevens’ voice sounds great as the Beast, too; imposing enough to be alarming but with enough warmth behind it to sound personable. It’s a shame that we won’t hear him sing the Beast’s “If I Can’t Love Her
THE ENCHANTED ROSE AND THE MAGIC MIRROR
The first ever glimpse we had of Watson as Belle was when she looked at the flower, and it’s given prominence here, too, with a petal falling right at the end, reminding us of the enchantment under which the Beast is placed.
The mirror allows the Beast to see Belle and to realize how miserable she is.
THE CGI MIGHT SPLIT THE AUDIENCE
Disney have purposefully made characters such as Cogsworth, Mrs. Potts, and Lumiere look as if they could be real objects. It remains to be seen whether an audience can be won over or not.
IT’S NOT A REMAKE, IT’S AN HOMAGE
Belle and the Beast’s ballroom costumes, and the setting for their dance, while still adding a few twists, such as new songs and a new dimension to Belle.
THE TRAILER DOESN’T GIVE IT ALL AWAY
Beauty and the Beast will be set for a huge opening weekend.
Into this magical and enchanted world, a good look at the characters, and a strong hint at what’s to come
Mrs. Potts chronicling our two main characters falling in loveBeauty and the Beast‘s score is now known as one of the best of all time. Let’s hope Watson, McGregor, Evans and the rest of the ensemble can all do it the justice it deserves.