This New Storyline In ‘Beauty And The Beast’ Gives Unexpected Depth To Belle
“Beauty and the Beast” is a tale as old as time, and will forever hold a place in the hearts of Disney lovers.
The live-action version of the story will make its way to theaters on March 17, so movie fans will be able to watch the magic unfold on the big screen and listen to new, fantastical songs that bring the characters to life.
That’s right, fans of the animated film will hear new versions of the original songs along with never-before-heard tracks specifically written for the new movie.
After attending a press screening of the film last night, I’m here to tell you the new movie lives up to the hype.
I won’t give away too many spoilers, but I will tell you director Bill Condon filled plot holes from the animated film by giving viewers a deeper understanding of the characters’ lives, specifically by creating a storyline centered around Belle’s mother.
In the original animated film, Belle’s mother was never a subject of question, but the live-action makes her a crucial component in understanding the depths of Belle’s character.
We are first exposed to the storyline through a painting of Maurice’s deceased wife holding Belle as a baby with a rose-shaped rattle.
The painting hangs in the main room of the family’s cottage, which prompts Belle to constantly ask about her mother.
Maurice refuses to tell his daughter much, but he does call his wife “fearless” and says she — like Belle — was mocked by the village, but those who made fun of her were the ones who imitated her in the end.