November 22 will mark the 25th anniversary of the release of the animated version of Beauty and the Beast. I feel like Disney missed a huge opportunity by not having the new live action movie done in time for the 25th anniversary. That being said, the new trailer came out a few weeks ago and someone took it upon themselves to merge it with the trailer from 1991 and they are almost identical. And fantastic. It is currently the most watched trailer with 91.8 million views in the first 24 hours.
The new trailer gives away no information about the movie and really only gives us views of different scenery – the ballroom, the front door, the hanging pictures, etc. We see no people other than Belle’s eyes at the very end. You can hear voice overs – Josh Gad, Ian McKellen, and Emma Watson. Basically, the movie is still a mystery. The music playing is the same as the original score. As someone who is a “comparer” (I compare movies and shows to books, comics, and original versions) I feel like they are setting up this movie to be as close as possible to the original and I love it.
The cast is so full of big names that I can’t wait to see everyone in all of the Beauty and the Beast glory. Emma Watson (Harry Potter, The Perks of Being a Wallflower) as Belle, Josh Gad (Frozen) as Le Fou, Ian McKellen (Lord of the Rings, X-Men) as Cogsworth, Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey) as the Beast, and many, many more. I think I am most excited about Emma Watson as Belle because I know her as Hermione from the Harry Potter movies and she was such a bookworm in those that I feel like this part is perfect for her.
I am curious to see how Watson is going to portray Belle, because there are so many interpretations of her character out there. The creator of the 1991 version, Linda Woolverton, did an interview this week with Entertainment Weekly about the people who claim Belle has Stockholm Syndrome and how she wanted the character of Belle to be seen. In the interview she states “There’s been a lot of talk about Stockholm syndrome, that she fell in love with her captor. But I disagree! She was captured, but she transformed him. She didn’t become, you know, an object. She didn’t turn into a beast! She transformed him. So it was certainly the transformative power of love and what it can do.” Woolverton wanted the character to be strong and independent which is why she was a reader when everyone else made fun of her. It was why she didn’t sit around waiting on someone to come save her, she went out and did the saving.
With such a talented cast I really don’t think this movie can go wrong. The only downside is that I have to wait so much longer to see the movie! Until then check out the mash up trailer and let me know what you think!