Tale As Old As Time

I have not been to the cinema for a few weeks, so I thought I’d share a movie that I am really looking forward to seeing in 2017.

Beauty and The Beast (2017)

When I first heard that Disney were doing a live action version of my favourite Disney movie, I have to admit I was a little anxious.  Since it has been announced however I have been following every announcement and publicity shot. A couple of weeks ago the first official trailer was released and it has eased a few of my fears.

Now it really annoys me when people review trailers, so this is not a review of the trailer. It is just a few thoughts on the new movie.

I know whatever Disney does, usually turns out okay but there is always a first time.  My anxiety grew slightly when it was announced Emma Watson was going to be Belle. I am not a big Emma Watson fan, in other things I have found her more than just a little irritating. The trailer has relieved a little of anxiety, I think she is going to be okay…

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One of the most exciting things about the new movie is how the objects look. I wondered if they were going to be exactly the same as the animated movie and I am pleased they have moved away from it. From what I can gather the look of the objects will evolve throughout the movie. All the objects look like they belong in a fine manor house or palace. I do love their new look especially the feather duster.

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Dan Stevens is taking on the role of the Beast, which I was pleased about. I loved Dan in Downton Abbey and also a few other other things I have seen him in. The main reason I was pleased though was how much he looks like the Prince when the enchantment is broken. On the publicity stills however Beast looks like he is a little slimmer than the animated movie. It has taken me a while to get used to the new look beast. I suppose costume have had to make some changes due to practicality for the actors.

Speaking of costume – the costumes look spectacular. I feel a lot of Beauty and the Beast Cosplay happening over the next though years.

Now all we have to do is wait for the soundtrack. In the teaser trailer they used a variation of the music from the original animated movie. Now while part of me wants all the old songs in there and a complete reworking of the animated tale. There is another part of me that is hoping this movie is going to be a little darker and have a little less singing. There is a song in the Broadway Musical of Beauty and the Beast, which Beast sings as a solo that I love. A very big part of me wants that song to feature in some way, either as a song or part of monologue.

Beauty and the Beast is due to be released March 2017…

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