Well, whatever expectations you might have had about Christophe Gans, the director behind “Brotherhood of the Wolf” and “Silent Hill,” tackling “Beauty And The Beast,” prepare to have them underwhelmed. Falling somewhere between family friendly and ordinarily fantastical, this very expensive looking new version lacks a bit of bite.
The first trailer for the movie has arrived, and though it’s in French, all the familiar story beats are here: old man stumbles upon castle, plucks a rose, angers the Beast, has to give up his daughter….been there, done that. And much of the rest also feels a bit ordinary as well, as lush and CGI enhanced as it is, with Lea Seydoux appropriately ravishing and Vincent Cassel equally fearsome. There’s even cute, digital creatures. And all combined, it’s certainly a bit different from what we were expecting.
“Beauty and the Beast” opens in France on February 12, 2014. No domestic date yet, watch below.