Our guide to the new Beauty and the Beast movie
Posted 8th March 2017 by SockShop
Images courtesy of Disney
What is it?
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|What to expect?
The Disney live action remakes tend to take one of two routes – slavishly following the original’s template (Jungle Book, Cinderella) or choosing a supporting character to follow (Oz the Great and Powerful, Maleficent). The name usually gives it away so expect Beauty and the Beast to be pretty close to the original.
The fact that it’s included dancing candlesticks should be a guide as to how close it’ll stick to the animation’s story. It also means you can expect the classic tunes again.
Will it be a success?
Financially, yes. Disney has the brand recognition and marketing power to all but guarantee its tent pole films will be financially successful. Early predictions are putting this at a $100m opening weekend. That would put it at Jungle Book and Alice in Wonderland levels – both of which pushed towards and over $1bn worldwide.
But critically, it’ll be a different matter. The live action remakes have been a mixed bag, and the original is classed by many to be the best of Disney’s second golden age. In fact, the 1991 animation was the first animated movie to be nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars. We doubt this one will get as much love come awards season.
Disney continues to raid its back catalogue with The Lion King. Another live action remake, this will be closer to Jungle Book (it’s also to be directed by Jon Favreau) using CGI creatures, with Donald Glover as Simba and James Earl Jones returning as Mufasa.
Further down the line we’ve got Mulan, The Little Mermaid (Lin-Manuel Miranda is working on the songs), Snow White, Aladdin, Peter Pan, Dumbo, and Winnie the Pooh.
Plus we can expect appearances from a couple of Oscar winning actresses, with Reese Witherspoon set to play Tinkerbell in Tink, and Emma Stone rumoured to be taking on the villainous puppy thief in Cruella De Vil.
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