Hello, there! My name is Preston Barta, and I am the features editor of Fresh Fiction and senior film critic at the Denton Record-Chronicle. My cinematic love story began where I was born: off planet on the isolated desert world of the Jakku system. It's there I passed the time scavenging for loose parts with my good friend Rey. One day I found an old film projector and a dusty reel of the 1975 film JAWS. It rocked my world so much that I left my kinfolk in the rearview (I so miss their morning cups of green milk) to pursue my dreams of writing about film. It wasn't long until I met two gents who said they would give me a lift. I can't recall their names, but one was an older man who liked to point a lot and the other was a tall, hairy fella. They got me as far as one of Jupiter's moons where we crossed paths with the U.S.S. Enterprise. Some pointy-eared bastard said I was clear to come aboard. He saw that I was clutching my beloved shark movie and invited me to the "moving pictures room" where he was screening the 1993 film JURASSIC PARK to his crew. He said my life would be much more prosperous if I were familiar with more work by the god named Steven Spielberg. From there, my love for cinema blossomed. Once we reached planet Earth, everything changed. I found the small town of Denton, TX, and was welcomed into the Barta family. They showed me the writings of local film critic Boo Allen. He became my hero and caused me to chase a degree in film and journalism. After my studies at graduate of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, I met some film critics who showed me the ropes and got me into my first press screening: 2011's THE GREEN LANTERN. Don't worry; I recovered just fine. MAD MAX: FURY ROAD was only four years away.
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It seems as though they’ve been teasing us with new images and posters for several weeks now for the live-action fairy tale adaptation of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. Well, today this leads us to our first, true trailer, which can be seen below.
One of my biggest worries was the appearance of Beast himself, who is played by the ab-tastic charmer Dan Stevens (THE GUEST, DOWNTON ABBEY). Many jokes popped up on the internet after images of him surfaced, including “he looks like Krampus.” While it’s easy to judge something without having the emotions of a scene there to back it up, I believe Stevens is going to kill it as Beast.
The trailer recreates a lot of those iconic moments we remember from the original 1991 animated film: Gaston (Luke Evans) singing to the townspeople, Belle’s (Emma Watson) father (Kevin Kline) being captured, and – most notably – Beast and Belle’s dance in the ballroom.
While the trailer admittedly turned out better than I anticipated, seeing all these characters in hyper-realistic computer effects is going to take some getting used to. Something tells me, however, once we see the film in its full form – performances, music and all – Disney is going work their magic and capture the hearts of fans and new fans alike.
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST open Mar. 17, 2017.