It has been six months since Disney first released the teaser trailer for the upcoming live action version of Beauty and the Beast. Finally, they’ve released a full length trailer for the film today.
Of course, this isn’t the first recent update on Disney animated classics. They’ve already released Alice in Wonderland in 2010 and a sequel, Alice Through the Looking Glass. Then, in 2014, Maleficent was released which put a twist on the story of Sleeping Beauty. 2015 saw an unheralded version of Cinderella and then this year we received a fantastic live action version of The Jungle Book. Basically, Disney has been quite busy revamping their library.
With Beauty and the Beast, Disney will have a tall order to improve upon the animated feature. The 1991 classic was the first animated film to ever be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. The film itself was an instant classic and is revered by seemingly everyone. Judging by the impressive cast as well as the stunning first look at the visuals in the trailer, Disney is going all out with this film. The cast includes big names such as Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Emma Thompson, Kevin Kline, and Sir Ian McKellen alongside Emma Watson as main character Belle while Dan Stevens plays the titular Beast.
While the trailer is done quite well and it does have the magical feel as it should, there’s one criticism that can be made. The effects used to create the CGI characters seem just a bit off. While seeing Lumiere and Cogsworth in live action wouldn’t have the same appeal as their animated counterparts, the characters come off more creepy than endearing. This is a somewhat minor complaint considering the fact that they’re characters created from inanimate objects which should be unnerving. Also, the effects on the Beast seem flat. In the trailer, there are a few times where it’s hard to suspend disbelief of the character existing in the real world. He looks a little too fake. That could definitely be cleaned up by the time the actual film is released though.
All in all, Beauty and the Beast looks like a faithful retelling of the animated film which is definitely a good thing. The cast is great and it should be worth seeing in the theater upon release. The film comes out on March 17th, 2017. Check out the first trailer and comment below.