Beauty and the Beast is a stunning cinematic event
Those who predicted this wouldn’t hold a talking candle to the animated original will be pleasantly surprised. The tale may be as old as time, but it’s retold with freshness, brio and flair.
It looks good, moves gracefully and leaves a clean and invigorating aftertaste. I almost didn’t recognize the flavor: I think the name for it is joy.
-New York Times
Now showing on the Palace Amusement cinema circuit www.palaceamusement.com this latest interpretation of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is phenomenal. The universally renowned tale of one of the world’s most heartwarming love stories has returned to the big screen in a spectacular musical 3D production, combining live action, animation and computer-generated imagery.
Emma Watson (Harry Potter) stars as Belle; Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey) as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Oscar® winner Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s eccentric, but lovable father; Josh Gad as Lefou, Gaston’s long-suffering aide-de-camp; Golden Globe® nominee Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, the candelabra; Oscar® nominee Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Oscar nominee Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and two-time Academy Award® winner Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts.
Grammy Award winner and six-time Tony Award-winner, Audra McDonald, plays Madame Garderobe, an opera singer who is transformed into a wardrobe in Beauty and the Beast. She sings a new song, “Aria,” written for the film, as well as parts of the classic title song.
Directed by Oscar® winner Bill Condon based on the 1991 animated film, Beauty and the Beast is produced by Mandeville Films’ David Hoberman and Todd Liebermanwjdy with eight-time Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken, who won two Academy Awards® (Best Original Score and Best Song) for the 1991 animated film, providing the score, which will include new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and Howard Ashman, as well as several new songs written by Menken and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice.
Set in 18th-century France, the film has a feeling of a timeless Europe was filmed at Shepperton Studios in England, the historic location of classics such as Lawrence of Arabia, and made a reality by director Bill Condon aided by his brilliant crew and the mastery of the most innovative film technology. Utilizing main exteriors around Britain, Condon used 27 colossal sets built at Shepperton and then had these sets scanned into 3D digital imagery to maximise lighting and camera angles.
Tobias Schliessler, cinematographer conquered all the technological hurdles presented by the film’s unsurpassed vision and mastered camera angles and shots that would otherwise appeared impossible. Critics are agreed that “if one thing stands out over all this magnificent design and skill it is the Beast himself, a character who could not appear as he does without the advanced technology used in today’s filmmaking”.
In his role as the Beast, Dan Stevens was aided by a combination of live-action, physical-performance capture and Mova facial-capture technology, in addition to wearing stilts, a prosthetics muscle suit, and a fractal grey bodysuit with visual effects indicators that read every one of his movements.
Stevens says that capturing his facial movements was very challenging, you have to think back to scenes already filmed and move just your face, not your body, whether you had any dialogue or not. There was one instance where I had to do the entire ballroom waltz with just my face, which was quite interesting.” In short, He had to do his role twice – once for his body movements and another for his facial expressions.
Beauty and the Beast is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realise the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within.
Beauty and the Beast is now playing al all cinemas Palace Amusement circuit. For showtimes, see the press or visit www.palaceamusement.com