10 Questions I Had After Watching the New Beauty & the Beast (Spoilers)


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There were a number of plot holes in the original 1991 Beauty & the Beast that have been addressed in this new live action version. For a start we now know how all the villagers came to forget about the local castle and the monarchy that lived there. We also know what happened to Belle’s mother and we know how Belle got an unconscious Beast on the back of that horse. As much as it has answered a few questions though there are still a few things I want to know:
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1. Belle now gets her books from the local priest’s private collection which is more logical because how would a village where only a couple of people have any interest in literature sustain a whole library. There does appear to be a headteacher now though which makes even less sense. What school is he the headteacher of exactly? Not only is almost everyone there totally illiterate but they are actively against learning. Who has he been teaching?

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2. Okay, so there is a Mr Potts now. It’s nice that little Chip is no longer fatherless but for him not to have been caught by the Enchantress’ curse then he clearly wasn’t living in the castle so were he and Mrs Potts estranged. 

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3. Talking of Chip, when he asks what it is that’s there that wasn’t there before, why won’t his mother tell him? She fobs him off patronisingly saying she’ll tell him when he’s older. Isn’t the answer just love? Is that such a bad thing to say to a ten year old? It’s not like she had to say it was raw sexual passion. Maybe it’s all a bit sensitive after his parents separation.

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4. Three queries relating to the Enchantress now. It was made clear that all the staff in the castle were punished alongside the prince/beast because they had allowed him to become conceited and selfish. That already seems pretty harsh to me but was she really prepared to let them die if the spell wasn’t broken in time as well?

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5. In light of this why did she disguise herself as a villager and hang around to watch the whole thing play out? Was it so that if they did die she would be there to correct it all should her dark and unpredictable whim swing that way in the moment (which seems to be what actually happens) or did she want to watch their souls slowly disappear as they changed into inanimate objects? (Which also happens.)

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6. AND WHY DOES NO ONE IN THE CASTLE OR THE VILLAGE HAVE A PROBLEM WITH ANY OF THIS!?

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7. Was Maurice going to market with just that one little music box? How much did he expect to sell it for?

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8. How can the prince still roar after the spell is broken? 

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9. Once she’s free why can’t Belle just come and go from the castle as she pleases? I know why the beast thought she wouldn’t return but if wanted to see him again why couldn’t she? 

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10. The biggest question though is this? Since the film is such a close adaption of the 1991 cartoon how come Linda Wolverton, the screenwriter of that film, doesn’t even get a story credit?

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