Happy Monday you beautiful Bleary-Eyed readers!
We don’t have much in the realm of content this morning (while I will do the updated box office since we have some really cool numbers to go over), but based on the recent success of Disney/John Favreau’s The Jungle Book, I wanted to show off Disney’s latest live action update.
Since Maleficent (which was more of a “behind-the-scenes” version of Sleeping Beauty), Disney has been on a constant string of success with their live-action material from their animated films. Like last year’s Cinderella:
To this years’ epic The Jungle Book, it’s now hard to ignore the charm and actually faithfull filmmaking going into these new live-action adaptations.
In 2017, Disney hopes that we will enjoy another update of a classic tale and bring the same care along with it. As short as it is, I give you the very cinematic looking Beauty and the Beast teaser trailer:
I’m not sure if you saw the same teaser I did, but from the very beginning, with the cold and snow sweapt castle and the lone light at the top of the tower in the Disney logo, I was hooked.
I only have a few comments regarding the teaser. First off, I’m not sure Ewan McGregor (portraying the sex-feind candalabra Lumiere) knows what a French accent actually is. Hopefully his Jedi training will kick in and he’ll change a bit. On the opposite spectrum, you have Ian McKellen’s Cogworth using every aspect of Magneto and Gandalf to not giving a flipping crap about what a French accent might be. Even the titular star, Emma Watson as Belle doesn’t even try. I will not say she’s stuck as Hermoine from the Harry Potter films, but I’d like the actors to do something like, oh I don’t know, THEIR JOB!
Secondly, I have to give Disney such props by allowing Alan Menken to do the music for this film. The reason I say that is that, is Menken also did the score to the 1991 Animated Beauty and the Beast. It’s almost as if Disney is daring you to call them on it.
Finally, I have to get excited with them choosing Bill Condon to direct the film. While he does have a few Twilight movies on his resume, we can’t hold mistakes against people who lose bets all the time. The films he did that are spectacular far outweight anything else.
So, I’m excited that one of my favorite Disney films is getting updated with excellent actors, a competent director, and a fantastic (yet repetitve) scoremaster. Now, if only they would only do my favorite Disney film: