Disney continues their successful run of live-action remakes of their classic animated films with Bill Condon’s Beauty and the Beast.
Beauty and the Beast tells a tale as old as time and it’s rather obvious from the trailer that this film will be sticking extremely close to the 1991 animated classic. That film is flawless, so it’s no wonder that Condon’s film wants to play up our sense of familiarity and nostalgia. But Cinderella, The Jungle Book, Pete’s Dragon, and to a significantly lesser degree, Maleficent, have each added worthy new pieces to the mythos in their live-action retellings. As great as it will be to see this story brought to life, we hope that there’s a few surprises and unexpected turns down the corridors of the Beast’s castle.
On the visual side of things, the production design behind director Bill Condon’s Beauty and the Beast looks fantastic. While some have complained about the darkness in some shots, it fits with the narrative and Disney’s apparent desire to follow the look of the original film as closely as possible. If there’s one issue to note at this early stage, it’s that Dan Stevens’ Beast could use a little extra polish on his facial features, which are in need or a bit more authenticty in some moments, though in others he looks great. This is shaping up to be a gorgeous film that we’re sure no fan of the original (and who isn’t a fan?) will want to miss out on.
Beauty and the Beast enchants theaters in the US on March 17, 2017.
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