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Time has not been kind to Beauty And The Beast’s weird central romance

Photo: Beauty And The Beast
Photo: Beauty And The Beast

It’s been 26 years since Disney released its animated classic Beauty And The Beast, and jokes about the movie’s Stockholm Syndrome-fueled plot have dogged the film ever since. So ahead of the release of the live-action remake, the folks at Screen Junkies decided to offer up even more of them, along with some of the film’s other well-documented plot holes, in a new Honest Trailer. For instance, if you dig into the film’s timeline (the Beast is about to turn 21, and Lumière mentions the transformed servants have been rusting for 10 years), you realize that the central prince was only 11 years old when an evil enchantress turned him into a beast for being rude to her, which seems pretty extreme. And there’s also the fact that the staggering amount of singing and dancing cutlery in the castle raises questions about just how many servants used to work there.

The video also makes the argument that Gaston and the Beast aren’t so different after all. In fact, maybe Belle is making more of a lateral move than she realizes as she switches her attention from one violent, controlling, bad-mannered, hairy man to another. And as Honest Trailers does for all its musical movie takedowns, the video rewrites some of the film’s iconic songs (with copyright-dodging melody adjustments) to reveal their true subtext. That includes the “I’m Too Good For This Place Song” (“Belle”), “The Psyching Yourself Up Song” (“Something There”), “The It Sucks To Work Here Song” (“Be Our Guest”), and the “Toxic Relationship Song,” which transforms the film’s titular ballad into a cry for help on Belle’s behalf.

[via Uproxx]

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