The buzz for Disney’s live action retelling of Beauty and the Beast began toward the beginning of last year, with the release of a tiny teaser that offered a mere, veiled glimpse at what was to come, driving audiences crazy and resulting in the most viewed trailer online in it’s first 24 hours, confirming the behemoth motion picture company’s hunch that the revival of a classic would ring in the crowds. Following the release of the first full trailer, and various others debuting Emma Watson‘s singing, Disney have released the final trailer.
Opening with Belle in her quaint village receiving guidance from her father (Kevin Kline) in a scene which explores Belle’s backstory further than in the 1991 original animation. With a score that pays homage to the style of Disney classics, featuring a classic choir and roaring melody, the final trailer showcases a lot of the action that hasn’t yet been seen in previous trailers. It also features Ariana Grande and John Legend’s rendition of the iconic theme song. The production design looks spectacular, however the heavy reliance on modern animation in favour of practical effects – mainly in the shots of Ewan McGregor‘s Lumiere dancing on a dining table with plates performing some synchronised swimming through the air in what appears to be the ‘Be Our Guest’ number – does seem to take away some of the magic. On the whole, the thing that makes this Bill Condon directed musical is it’s intense nostalgia and honouring of the style of film that gave Walt Disney Studios the kudos it withstands today.
Though her casting makes sense as it plays to her bookish stereotype embedded into her image from what will be her lifelong association with her role as Hermoine in Harry Potter, it still comes as a great disappointment to me that she is playing this iconic character. The cast, of course, also includes Luke Evans as the villainous Gaston and Josh Gad as his comical sidekick La Fou and the voices of Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, Stanley Tucci as Cadenza, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts and Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette.
The wait is almost over, Beauty and the Beast is coming to theatres in less than two months. You can watch the final trailer below.
Ewan McGregor’s Lumiere and Ian McKellan’s Cogsworth in Beauty and the Beast