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La nueva adaptación de ‘La Bella y la Bestia’ muy musical

Por fin se estrenó la nueva adaptación de Disney de ‘La Bella y la Bestia’, protagonizada por Emma Watson y con un reparto estelar, con caras (y voces) de sobras conocidas. Ya la he podido ver y debo reconocer que me ha gustado mucho, que me parece un musical bonito, que despertó nostalgia en mi y me trasladó a mi infancia cuando miraba la película de animación una y otra vez, o cuando mi padre nos llevó a mi hermano y a mi a ver ‘La Bella y la Bestia sobre hielo’ y guardo muy buen recuerdo de ello.

A diferencia de las últimas adaptaciones de Disney (‘El Libro de la Selva’ y ‘Cenicienta’), en este caso, la película se trata de un musical. Y no estoy hablando de una película con algunas canciones, sino que es una película musical completamente, con la participación de actores y actrices de musicales como Audra Mcdonald, ganadora de seis Tony Awards, Kevin Kline y Josh Gad.

Esta adaptación es muy similar a la original, en ese sentido, es cierto que el director Bill Condon ha arriesgado más bien poco, pero yo creo que ese era el objetivo. A mi me parece como que esta nueva película es una revisión de la antigua, visualmente más atractiva para las nuevas generaciones. Quizás no era necesario, porque la primera película no es tan antigua e incluso yo la sigo viendo moderna.

Me gustó cómo se exploraron la historia de la Bella, de la Bestia e incluso el nuevo aire de LeFou. Es cierto que hay cosas mejorables, seguro que sí, como el personaje de Agathe, ¿era necesario? ¿O para qué ese libro que traslada hasta donde sea? Muy cogido con pinzas, para explicar la historia de Bella, pero bueno, su historia tampoco está tan mal.

La partitura de ‘La Bella y la Bestia’ es una de mis favoritas de Disney. Para los amantes de los musicales, las películas de Disney y, concretamente, las canciones de Alan Menken están en la lista de favoritos seguro. Las nuevas versiones suenan muy bien, creo que Emma Watson se defiende, al igual que Dan Stevens. Qué pasada la canción ‘Aria’ para Audra Mcdonald, ¡qué alegría que tenga un solo (aunque sea breve)!

Lo siento, yo vi la película en inglés, así que no sé cómo es el doblaje en español ni si se han adaptado las letras de las canciones. Es cierto que cuando era pequeño la miraba en español y me sabía las canciones en castellano, incluso vi el musical en Barcelona y, lógicamente, también era castellano, pero ya hace años que me acostumbré a escuchar las canciones en inglés.

A mi me gusta mucho el musical en teatro de ‘La Bella y la Bestia’ y sobre todo las canciones originales creadas específicamente para ese espectáculo, pero desafortunadamente no aparecen en la película. Se han modificado por otras nuevas para el film.

No Matter What’ se ha substituido por ‘How Can A Moment Last Forever’; ‘Home’ (mi favorita y que, de hecho, su melodía suena cuando Bella entra por primera vez en su nuevo dormitorio) por ‘Days In The Sun’ y ‘If I Can’t Love Her’ por ‘Evermore’ (pese a gustarme, prefiero rotundamente ‘If I Can’t Love Her’, me parece mucho más fuerte).

La Bella y la Bestia’ es una película para niños y mayores. Los niños la disfrutarán, sobre todo viendo los objetos bailando y conociendo la historia por primera vez, con efectos brillantes, vestuarios que son una pasada y canciones pegadizas. Los adultos, por su parte, viajarán en el tiempo y recordarán su infancia, cuando disfrutaban de los cuentos y la fantasía.

El musical cerró tanto en Broadway como en Londres en 1999 y, desde entonces, no se ha vuelto a producir (sí en gira y en otros países). Me pregunto si, tras el éxito de la película, se tirará adelante un nuevo revival. Espero que en España no, por favor, pese a que me gustaría volver a verlo encima de un escenario, su última producción fue no hace tanto, en 2010.

¿Vosotros habéis visto la película ya, qué os pareció?

Cesar

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I enjoyed ‘Into The Woods’ like a child

Into The WoodsYou’ve changed. You’re daring. You’re different in the woods. – Into The Woods

Into The Woods’ is charming, is cute. I enjoyed it a lot, I sit in the cinema and I backed up my childhood. I just focused on the stories and fairytales that I enjoyed a lot when I was a kid. I’ve always loved stories and books, and getting all those characters from Brothers Grimm books and produce a musical it’s just a great idea. The best of the film, of course, is the score. The songs by Stephen Sondheim are amazing. All the songs are beautiful and express a lot of feelings.

All the characters of the musical are unhappy with something in their lives. They want to change it, so they begin a journey into the woods that will change everything. The first part of the movie (the first act of the play) is more joyful and cheerful. The different characters must reach their targets. But the second part is deeper, is more philosophic. All the reflections about love and life are really powerful. This musical makes you feel and think a lot of things.

All the actors and actresses are good in this adaptation. I enjoyed all of them, their voices are good but I was a bit disappointed. I expected that, after ‘Les Misérables’ movie, most of the musical movies would change. One of the best things about ‘Les Misérables’ film is that the actors sing live. In ‘Into The Woods’ the songs are already recorded so the actors sing in playback. Of course sounds good as well, but I prefer to hear them sing while they are performing, like in a stage.

But still, most of the songs are memorable. I was so impressed about the way they are performed like ‘On The Steps Of The Palace’, ‘Stay With Me’, ‘No One Is Alone’, ‘Last Midnight’… I think that it’s a great idea to put the instrumental version of the songs that are not sung. And watching them performed on the screen, with the special effects, made me goosebumps.

I don’t think that ‘Into The Woods’ film is something innovative in musical cinema. Also, I don’t think that is a deep story that makes it different from other movies. It’s original and cute, that’s true. It’s a film that sure most of the people will enjoy, with great songs, because it reminds your childhood and the inevitable fact of growing up.

Into The Woods’ has something special. I think that was a good idea for Disney to produce this adaptation, this musical could only be produced by them, with a long tradition in fairy tales. Apparently, it looks like musicals movies are back, so hopefully we will see more stage classics in the cinema. But what would be better is that they become popular so new revivals are made in Broadway and London.

Cesar

‘Feed The Birds’ from ‘Mary Poppins’

I hate my job. But when I’m upset and frustrated, I usually find in musicals a way to calm down. I work in Paternoster Square, really close to Saint Paul’s Cathedral, one of the most beautiful buildings in London. It’s full of tourist and workers from the offices wearing suits. Sometimes, when I’m exhausted, I go to the stairs of Saint Paul’s and remember ‘Feed The Birds’ from ‘Mary Poppins’.

This song was written by Richard M. Sherman & Robert B. Sherman and it’s in the 1964 Disney Movie ‘Mary Poppins’. In the film, Mr. Banks discourages the children from feeding the birds. But Mary Poppins sing a song about that. She tells the story of a woman who sells bags of breadcrumbs to feed the pigeons in Saint Paul’s. It’s full of pigeons there, and I must recognise that I don’t really like them, but I love the song. It’s really wonderful and touching.

20141013_113208The song is about charity, about help the ones that need help. It’s kind of ironic this scene happens in Saint Paul’s. Nowadays, I have the feeling that all the people there don’t really care about anybody, they just look after themselves and work hard. It’s sad but true. You just need to have a look and see the hectic lifestyle of all the people from the City. I recognise that I get used to this lifestyle, but sometimes is good to stop and see what’s going on. Is good to take care about the important things in life, like the people around, while I remember the wonderful melody of ‘Feed The Birds’.

Finally, I want to say thank you to Daniel. You made me discover ‘Mary Poppins’, you shared with me one of your favourite musicals. I had seen the movie once, probably on TV, when I was a child. But I didn’t remember anything. Now I see the movie in a different way, ‘Mary Poppins’ means you and your family. I love you.

So, put love the first in your list and share everything you can with the people around you. And never forget what Mary Poppins said (or Julie Andrews sung), ‘come feed the little birds, show them you care, and you’ll be glad if you do’.

That’s why ‘Feed the Birds‘ from ‘Mary Poppins‘, for me, is poetry!

 

Cesar

‘Into The Woods’, disappointing first trailer


I wish, more than anything, more than life, more than jewels… – Into The Woods

I’m so excited. Last week, Disney released the first trailer for the upcoming movie ‘Into The Woods’. The film is an adaptation of the stage musical. Music and lyrics were composed by Stephen Sondheim. The first Broadway production was presented in 1986 and in 1990 in London.

The movie will be released in the 9th January 2015 in the UK. Sure will be a success with the amazing cast: Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Emily Blunt, Chris Pine, Anna Kendrick… Directed by Rob Marshall, who directed the great ‘Chicago’ and not-so-great ‘Nine’, I think musical fans will love the movie, but the first trailer is a little bit disappointing.

Why there’s anyone singing? We can see some of the main characters, like the Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Rapunzel, and the Witch saying ‘I wish’, like the prologue song, but nothing else. We can hear, as well, the music of ‘Stay With Me’, but not the Witch and Rapunzel singing it. Why?

Of course it’s just the first trailer; we’ll need to wait some more to discover how they perform the classic songs. But I’m not sure that most of the audience will know that the movie is a musical after watching this first preview. It’s just surprising that there’s no song in a musical movie trailer.

We must wait a little bit more to know more things about this adaptation of ‘Into The Woods‘. But it’s exciting to be able to see the story again in cinemas. All the actors look great, and the special effects as well. It’s going to be a great movie. Can’t wait!

 

Cesar