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Beauty and the Beast adds a magical traveling book to movie
Warning: There are spoilers ahead for "Beauty and the Beast."
Disney's live-action retelling of "Beauty and the Beast" . While some aid in expanding the story there are a few others that are eyebrow raising.
Of all the changes, the most bizarre may be the addition of a magical book in the Beast's possession which allows him to travel wherever his heart desires. He shows it to Belle (Emma Watson), inviting her to take them somewhere she wants to visit by placing her hand on the book.
"Think of the one thing you've always wanted," the Beast tells Belle. "Find it in your mind's eye and feel it in your heart."
Apparently, touching this book will take you anywhere you want to go in the world.
The two wind up at Belle's old home in Paris and the two learn the grim fate of her mother, a character absent from the animated tale. The book is used as a device to tell the audience Belle's mother died from the plague shortly after her birth. As a result, she and her father fled to the small provincial town Belle wishes to now escape.
The Beast and Belle at her old home in Paris. Disney
We also learn the book was a gift left by the Enchantress who placed the curse over both the Beast and his castle. It's a cruel reminder that while he is free to travel anywhere in the world, he would have to do so looking like a hideous Beast.
The Enchantress disguised as a beggar woman at the film's start with the Prince (Dan Stevens) before he's transformed into a Beast. Disney
While the addition of the book may make us feel empathetic toward the Beast, it's an odd item to include in the film. After Belle and the Beast return back to the castle (it's not really clear how they get back), the book is never seen or mentioned again. That's odd in itself because the introduction of a book that could let you travel anywhere seems like it would be a big deal.
Instead, its inclusion raises so many more questions:
- How does the magic of the book work?
- Does the book transport people only to different places or anywhere in time?
- Can they be seen by anyone else when they transport to another location or are they there in spirit?
- How often does the Beast use the book?
- When did the Enchantress even have time to leave this with the Beast? Did she just stop by the library after casting a spell on the entire castle and village?
- Can anyone use this book or just the Beast?
The book is also a bit distracting. Its powers feel way too similar to something out of Watson's previous big franchise, "Harry Potter." The book seems to work like a teleportation device which allows the users to apparate to another location immediately.
Emma Watson as Hermione Granger using magic in the "Harry Potter" franchise. Warner Bros.
The fact that we never learn more about the Enchantress also makes the introduction of the book feel like a missed opportunity. Where did she get it from and why leave it with the Beast since it seems like such a useful artifact?
It looks like it was solely inserted just to tell us about Belle's mother. If that's the case, the film could have done more to lean into the Beast learning about Belle's loss since it was revealed he also lost his mother due to sickness. However, the two never share a moment to bond over both losing their mothers to an illness. Instead, they bond over books, Shakespeare, and being seen as odd by others.
The only reason the book seems to be included in the film is to provide a way to tell us about Belle's mother that wasn't just a flashback in a song.
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