The new trailer to Disney’s live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast has debuted, and the trailer’s pretty excellent. The picture, starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens as the titular characters, is directed by Bill Condon (Dreamgirls, Mr. Holmes). The trailer, as well as images from the film, are available after the jump.
Movies such as The Others, The Sea Inside, and Open Your Eyes (which was later remade by Cameron Crowe with Vanilla Sky) has showcased the storytelling acumen of filmmaker Alejandro Amenábar, and his latest film Regression hits Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand May 10.
Darren Aronofsky’s unique and singular vision has served him well with Black Swan and Requiem for a Dream, yet one wonders if audience members will give Noah a lukewarm reception due to its subject matter. Biblical epics definitely have their place in cinema, yet the filmmaker’s previous stab at a far reaching, humanistic epic (The Fountain) was a commercial misfire (I actually see it as his masterwork).
So far Noah is receiving stellar reviews, and kudos goes out to Paramount Pictures for bankrolling such a project. With an A-list cast in tow (Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Logan Lerman, Emma Watson) and solid word of mouth as its anchor, Noah may actually be Aronofsky’s first box-office home run.
It’s rare for auteurs, especially ones who approach cinema with a cerebral yet ultimately evocative hand, to direct a monumental hit (Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity is that rare exception), and hopefully Aronofsky achieves the feat.
During a recent interview, Aronofsky talked about how Noah will shake up moviegoers’ preconceived notions of epics. Click on the media below to hear the director talk about Noah and “scaring the hell” out of Industrial Light & Magic (ILM):
Noah opens stateside March 28.
But will Aronofsky’s cerebral approach fit into Noah, a film of biblical (literally) proportions? Russell Crowe stars as Noah, the man who’s called by God to build an ark to save his family and a plethora of animals from an epic flood. Jennifer Connelly, who worked with Aronofsky in Requiem for a Dream and Crowe in A Beautiful Mind, stars as Noah’s wife Naameh, with Emma Watson co-starring as Noah’s adopted daughter Ila.
The movie comes out March 28, and my “snake eyes” headline refers to the lovely reptiles that are briefly featured in the spot. Considering Aronofsky’s track record, Noah should be worth the game.
Check out the trailer, which will also air during the Super Bowl, below: