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My Gripe with Beauty and the Beast

My Gripe with Beauty and the Beast published on 3 Comments on My Gripe with Beauty and the Beast

Ok, so I have a small thing that I need to get off my chest. Apparently I am the only one amongst the group of people I hang out with that is bothered by, or has even noticed this. My own girlfriend has told me I am thinking way too much about this, that this doesn’t matter. But dammit this really bugs me and I feel like it’s important enough to talk about. This is one of those things that has been nagging at me for a really long time now and I just want to rant about it here. So if you’re on board for that then let’s go.

All right, so a few days ago I got to see the live action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast. I quite enjoyed it. I thought it was a faithful adaptation of the original with just enough new things brought in to make it feel fresh. The cast was very good; they all did their jobs very well. If you enjoyed the original animated version you should like this I have nothing to complain about in that regard. Instead what I want to bring up is something that has bothered me for a long time. Something that has bothered me since the animated film came out. This has been something that no one has given a suitable answer for. This is such a nitpicky thing that I wouldn’t be surprised if no one noticed or even cared, but I need answers.

WHY THE HELL DOES NO ONE CALL THE BEAST BY HIS ACTUAL NAME?

Seriously, not once in either movie is the character referred to by his given name. Since the movie has been released it’s been said that the Beast’s real name was Prince Adam. The problem is that if the internet hadn’t told me that I wouldn’t have known. I’ve seen both the original animated film and the new live action film very recently and at no point does anyone in the film call him by his name Adam. WHY?! I’m not saying this is a flaw in the filmmaking process, just that it baffles me that no one addresses this guy by name. How, of the course of the entire movie does no one mention the name, or even ask about it.

Even this guy’s servants call him beast or just don’t refer to his name at all. Think about it, people like Cogsworth, Lumiere, Mrs. Potts, and the rest of the staff don’t call him Adam, and these are people that have been with him for years at the minimum. It’s even mentioned that they practically raised him and that they all have some form of love for the prince. So I just find it weird that no one decides to mention his name or call him by it. Even during the great Ballroom scene, with Mrs. Potts singing for the dancing couple she refers to him as Beast. This should be one of the best nights of this guy’s life, one of his first truly happy moments in a long time. And here is this tea pot calling him a beast. This guy clearly has issues about his appearance over the course of the movie and no one takes steps to prevent that. They just seem to be poking him about it.

Even Belle doesn’t ask what his name is. Over the course of the film as her feelings for Adam/Beast are changing she doesn’t think it’s important to ask. Even after the beast transformers back into a human she doesn’t ask. She witnesses the love of her life die, then get wrapped up in magic, come back to life, and then turn back into a human, the first thing she calls him is “Beast.” At this point I just wanted the guy to look at Belle and say “My name is Adam, but thanks for asking.” Am I the only one that seems think that Belle is being a little rude? Like, she’s been living in his castle for who knows how long, they are clearly starting to get along, and at no point does she go “So hey, you got a name?” She loves the guy and she doesn’t know his goddam name. And nowhere is there a suitable explanation why.

Yes, the argument can be made that the beast is losing his humanity the longer he stays as a beast, and as a result his name has lost meaning to him. As a result the staff stops bringing it up. And that’s fine, so long as it is established firmly that is the case. All it would take to make me happy on this regard would be if Belle asks for his name and Beast responds with, “it doesn’t matter”, or “I’m not that person now.” That’s it, that’s all it would take for me to be satisfied. Again, I might be the only one this bothers. But Dammit I just need something to put that away. Because as far as I can see, it’s just a lot of people being rude to this poor guy.

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