Previously, I’ve discussed the art, the music, the similarities between the Beast and Gaston, and Belle. These are things that make the film great.
But I wanted to point out some things that really push the film beyond that.
It's in the details and the humor. This could have been quite a serious tale, but there are so many small, unnoticeable comical moments that lighten it.
Here are a few:
These are not exactly laugh-out-loud moments, but they do make us chuckle. Consider how artfully these scenes were created and how well they fit each character. Lefou's inaccuracy paints him as a dimwitted fellow, Maurice's eccentric goggles accent the line 'my daughter? Odd? Where would you get an idea like that?', and we get a sense of how heavy the Wardrobe is because when she leans on the bed, Belle almost goes flying!
Poor Beast is a bit of a scapegoat for humor, but it might have been absolutely necessary to make fun of him. He looks like a monster and, without the help of humor, he could have terrified kids too much.
Plus, I think these funny things add to his sweet nature.
About the Horse
Like most of the characters in the film, Phillipe also goes through a change! He's an easily spooked horse in the beginning and then at the end he has a bout of bravery.
I laughed at this because he looks seriously ready to kick some butt, but all he does is charge through the castle doors. It's a big deal though because he never would have done that before.
I wonder if the small bits of humor came from theatrical casting or if the artists themselves came up with funny little nuances? It's probably both.
All this talk about humor and I haven't even really discussed Lumiere or Cogsworth or any of the servants. They are prime comedic characters, but they also help move the plot forward efficiently. Their funny moments are too numerous to count, but I think I like the battle scenes at the end the most.
What are some of your favorite funny moments of Beauty and the Beast? Anything catch your eye?
Stay tuned for next week's Cinema Studies!