At last! I don’t think I have ever been SO desperate to see a trailer for an upcoming movie in all my life! This week, finally, we were given our first proper glimpse at the new live-action version of the classic Disney film “Beauty and the Beast”. Was it worth the wait? Flipping through Facebook and Twitter, I could see that people seem to have split into two camps. Some people had been left with goosebumps, some had been completely unmoved. I was firmly on the fence. I really wanted to like it, but I just didn’t see enough to really rave about it. I thought I’d share with you my initial reactions as I watched the new trailer.
1 – I’m bound to get some flack for saying it, but whenever Emma Watson was on screen, all I could see was Hermione Grainger. Now, I’m not saying she’s not a versatile actress or that she plays every part the same. I’m just saying that in the few glimpses we had of Belle in this 2-minute trailer, I didn’t see a lot of differences. I also struggled to picture Watson playing a romantic heroine. Hopefully, once I see the full film I’ll be able to fully appreciate Watson’s interpretation of this character. I’m withholding judgement for now. After all, it took me ages to hear “Let It Go” with Idina Menzel without thinking about Elphaba.
2 – The enchanted objects completely freaked me out. They just look weird. I realise that they had to be redesigned, that what worked for animation wouldn’t necessarily work in live-action. I just couldn’t quite wrap my head around what I was looking at. Cogsworth looks like he works the best, as he is closest to the original design. Mrs Potts and Chip on the other hand looked very strange – Mrs Potts reminded me of the last human in Doctor Who, who’s just a stretchy piece of skin with a face whacked on. Again, I’m hoping that when I see the whole movie I get used to their bizarre faces and they don’t put me off too much!
3 – The CGI looked a little to crisp, especially in that quick scene where Belle is at the top of a tower. It doesn’t look like she’s really there. You’re seeing this more and more in modern films. Maybe that’s the high-fantasy look that the director was going for and it won’t seem so jarring when you’re immersed in the world. Otherwise, it could come out looking like a bad episode of “Once Upon A Time”.
4 – Correct me if I’m wrong, but there was no singing in the trailer. I’m sure I’m right in saying that some of the original songs are being featured in the movie so I had expected to hear just a snippet. Did I miss them? I really can’t wait to hear how the cast sound in the songs, but I guess Disney are just going to make us wait for this.
5 – Luke Evans as Gaston looked and sounded SPOT ON. I think he’s going to make a great villain.
6 – The film is going to be visually stunning, but then what else would you expect from Disney? The design is clearly going to be as beautiful as the original and I have no doubt Disney will stay true to the aesthetic of the animated classic.
So, overall thoughts? I’m definitely still excited for the release of “Beauty and the Beast”, but I’m going to be reserving judgment until I see the full film. I absolutely love the live action version of Cinderella which stayed true to the original while still managing to be its own film. Hopefully, I’ll feel the same about “Beauty and the Beast” and it can be added to our list of fave films!
We’ll have to wait until March 2017 to find out.