It feels like forever since the announcement that divided Disney fans worldwide – a new, live action movie of Beauty and the Beast. And despite all that time, its now only 2 months away from cinema release, and the closer we get to it, the more I find myself thinking about it.
The cast had me squealing with joy. Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, partnered with the legened himself, Sir Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, along with Emma Thompson and Josh Gad; it all had me buzzing for the first trailer I watched it with excitement. I loved the side by side comparison with the original animated trailer, the dark castle and music.
What I wasn’t sold on entirely, like many others, was Emma Watson. Unfortunately, all I could see in the brief time she was on screen was Hermione Granger, and this had me a little worried for how much I would enjoy the film. It had nothing to do with her appearance – in fact I adored all the artwork and clips being released – it was just that little scene where she entered the castle and said ‘hello’. That was it.
Now I know this opinion has bothered a lot of people, so before you think I’m gonna be a negative ninny, I want to tell you how my mind has been changed..
A few weeks ago, a sound clip of Emma singing Something There was released. This is one of my favourite songs from the film, and I braced myself as I pressed play.. I actually loved it. Having never heard Emma Watson sing before, I was always a little dubious of her casting, but it was everything I wanted it to be, and in those 30 seconds, I felt my whole attitude towards the movie change. I guess the fact is, much like the moral of the story, you can’t judge a book by its cover..
Are you excited to see it?