If I had to pick a favorite Disney princess movie, it would be Beauty and the Beast. No questions asked. It's one of those timeless classics, and the story holds a special place in my heart considering that I acted in an adaptation of it in middle school (I played Maurice, Belle's father). So from the moment that this film was announced, I was in. Since that announcement, a few things have caused my skepticism levels to grow. I don't exactly like the horns on the Beast, I'm not entirely convinced by the animation of the dishes and other castle objects, and I can't explain why director Bill Condon felt that Ewan McGregor was the best choice to play the French candlestick Lumiere. However, beyond those minor quibbles, I'm very encouraged by what we've seen from Beauty and the Beast so far. It looks like a remarkably faithful adaptation of the animated film, but with an added element of theatricality and an epic scope that the original couldn't convey. This is just an excellently crafted trailer, and judging by the sheer number of views (it broke the record for most trailer views in a 24 hour period), audiences are responding very well. Simply put, this looks visually dazzling and it is undoubtedly going to make so much money next year. Frankly, if you weren't convinced by the opening musical notes of this trailer, I don't know what's going to get you pumped for this one. Consider me excited.
Beauty and the Beast opens in theaters on March 17, 2017.
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