This may not be Jean Cocteau classic, but something must explain its current opening success in Italy. There are things here I like: Vincent Cassel as Beast/Prince, a powerful soundtrack and great visuals. I hear the story does not live up to all the visuals, but it’s a rule, rather than an exception today. Apparently, there is another “Beauty and the Beast” movie to be announced with Emma Watson in it, but we will also see other Disney animation-themed movies soon. Joe Wright is directing “Pan” (2015), “the origin” story of Peter Pan staring Hugh Jackman; “Maleficent” (2014) with Angelina Jolie is coming soon, and we anticipate (for years now) “a darker version” of the fairy-tale “Pinocchio” (2016) – an animated film directed by Guillermo del Toro.
Kate & Leopold (2001)
Coming from James Mangold, the director of ‘Girl, Interrupted‘ (1999), ‘Kate & Leopold‘ is a romantic fantasy comedy, telling the story of Kate McKay (Meg Ryan), who lives a busy, but happy life in the 21st century New York. When her ex-boyfriend, Stuart Besser (Liev Schreiber), a scientist, manages to find a portal to the past, he, inadvertently, transports into his apartment Leopold (Hugh Jackman), a handsome Duke of Albany from the 19th century. Although Kate is a woman driven by common sense and realistic views on life, she soon succumbs to the charms of the mysterious stranger from 1867.