Because of how Disney has been able to develop their fairly-tale to live-action projects over the last few years, 2017’s Beauty and the Beast is one of this years most anticipated films. Not only is it a retelling of one of the most classic animated films ever, but the steps Disney has taken – from the phenomenal cast to the look and feel – already have people bowing down at Disney’s feet. Now the film is just a few weeks over from a month out, and while it’s expected to get a final look at the film during this weekends Super Bowl, that isn’t stopping the other gears of the marketing campaign.
Fresh out of the gate are a brand new batch of posters for the movie, which give us great new looks at every character within this story. And for the first time through images and footage, we now know what the object characters of Cogsworth (Ian McKellen), Lumiere (Ewan McGregor), and others will look like in their human form. It isn’t all that surprising to see what they look as they look like as we’d expect, but in my opinion, they look better than my expectation. Going down the line from Gaston to Cogsworth to Ms. Potts, the look is on point. And now that the look is on point, it gets me pretty damn excited to see each one of them bring these characters to life.
While I do love all these posters and the look of them, one still has me a bit iffy, and that is the one of Beast. I don’t mind the updated look of the characters as I don’t really remember much of what he originally looked like, but what has me nervous is the CGI on him. So far, he just doesn’t look finished. And look, the movie still has a number of weeks until its released, which means his final look could be just what we all want, but so far, the CGI or motion-capture version of him we’ve seen in the trailers just isn’t doing it for me. Hopefully that changes by the time we’re checking it out in the theaters.
What do you think? Do you like the look of the posters or were you hoping for more? What about the trailers? How excited do they have you? Bill Condon’s Beauty and the Beast is released on March 17th, 2017 and stars Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Ian McKellan, Ewan McGregor, Luke Evans, Josh Gad, Kevin Kline, Stanley Tucci, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and Emma Thompson.