So. The new trailer came out. I’ve been fairly harsh on Disney’s casting of Belle but alas, this is one of my few favorite movies of all time (the animated one) so I’m going to be following the development of this movie fairly closely. And of course, I’m going to watch it when it hits US theaters in 2017.
So. Why am I doing this review? What did I think of this trailer? This trailer looks really good. It admittedly has a Tim Burton feel to it which I haven’t been a big fan off in Disney’s past but the special effects just works. From the ever important rose–which got its special effect treatment like in Disney’s recent live-action version of Cinderella–to the Beast’s enchanted castle, the frame moves around to give us the important details and even as we witness the castle aging it feels alive as it should feel. Simply put, the Beauty and the Beast trailer borrows a lot from the “camerawork” of the 1991 version.
And the music. Ah, the music. Heck! People have already said it for me:
Music was such an essential part of Beauty and the Beast’s success and I am so happy they are keeping to the songs that made the original so beloved. This was the critical mistake for me in Disney’s translation of Cinderella into live-action.
WHY WASN’T THIS IN THE FILM?
I haven’t been up to date with all of Disney’s adaptations but Maleficent and The Jungle Book are at the top of my movies-to-watch list as Beauty and the Beast (2017) inches closer to its release date. I am still bitter that Emma Watson, an actress will little singing experience, was selected to play such a critical role in the film–and the voice for Lumiere feels off-putting in the teaser trailer–but there is a lot to be excited about here. The visuals fit the story: if there’s a Disney film that needs a darker palette, it’s Beauty and the Beast. And the special effects should, in theory, be able to replicate the effect it needs from the animated version, namely in its creation and portrayal of the Beast and the objects that have to move. The director’s artistic direction as revealed in this teaser has given me some confidence.