Unless you have been actively avoiding movie theaters for the past few years, you have seen or noticed Disney’s new wave of live-action remakes. The studio has created a billion dollar formula by going back into their vault and taking aged animated classics and bringing them into the modern world. It has most recently resulted in The Jungle Book and the announcement that Jon Favreau will be following up that success with a remake The Lion King.
The next movie coming down the pipeline is a remake of the mega-hit Beauty and the Beast and it has the potential to raise the bar yet again. The movie has an impressive cast led by Emma Watson, Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, and Ewan McGregor, and directed by Bill Condon (Dreamgirls) who has a long history with musicals. This adaptation looks to embrace its musical source material more than other adaptations this far, however it seems that it will be a perfect fit with the magic and romance.
Disney has made a point to modernize the way that their “princesses” are portrayed and making an effort to give their characters agency. The casting of Watson seems inspired as Belle, a young woman who finds herself trapped in an enchanted castle and held captive by a beast. Slowly – yes, it might be Stockholm syndrome – the two begin to fall in love as she discovers the cursed secrets behind the animal and the castle.
While it’s clear millions of dollars have been invested in the movie’s production design, there’s still something that feels false with the look of Beast. However, there is still over four months until the film’s release to fine tune the visual effects. Regardless, Beauty and the Beast is destined to be an enormous hit. If the movie can reach the same lofty heights of The Jungle Book, fans could be in for quite a treat and possibly a masterpiece for a new age. Enjoy.
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.