While I’m not the biggest fairy tale movie fan (not even a little bit), I can’t deny that Disney’s live-action retelling of their classic stories have been impressively handled. As such, I’ve found myself more interested in the upcoming Beauty and the Beast adaptation than I would have thought. So it’s a bummer that this first teaser doesn’t give us much to work with:
I’m not saying it’s a bad trailer. I can’t. The truth is, there doesn’t seem to be enough here to judge whether or not it’s good or bad as a trailer. The sets look great, and the music is neat, of course, but eager fans see next to nothing. I get why we wouldn’t see the Beast just yet. Being that he’ll be a CGI character and the film doesn’t hit until March, they likely want as much time as possible to polish him up. But that doesn’t explain why we get only a passing glimspe at Emma Watson’s Belle…
Either way, I wanted a little more substance out of this first trailer, but perhaps I’m being too harsh. What do you guys think?
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; Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, the feather duster; six-time Tony Award® winner Audra McDonald as Madame Garderobe, the wardrobe; Oscar nominee Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and two-time Academy Award winner Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts.
Beauty and the Beast hits theaters on March 17, 2017.