Something that I found particularly interesting in La Belle et la Bête was the varying change of point of view throughout. At first, the viewers are led to believe that the beast is a horrible monster that means only harm (although the protection of the roses is a little curious and contrasting). This view, from Belle’s father, is maintained throughout the film. Following this viewpoint, Belle is also terrified until she is led to believe otherwise and is able to see the Beast’s sweet nature and personal inner conflict.
These two viewpoints come together in the scene where Belle is by her father’s bedside and she starts to vocalize her fondness of the Beast. Her father is clearly disapproving, considering the only prior knowledge that he has of the beast. As viewers, it’s hard not to root for the Beast because we have been able to see his true character when the father could not. This shows a restricted narrative range because we know different points of view, but we don’t know any more than any of the characters do.
To me, this film mainly had a subjective depth. The music and the atmosphere of the scenes lead our feelings and opinions about the particular moment in the direction that it’s supposed to. If it was completely up to our interpretation and were without all the emotional context clues, we would probably think the same thing about the Beast that Belle’s father does.
My favorite part about these varying viewpoints was obviously the end when they all collide and the real fairytale message is sent home to the viewers. With Belle’s materialistic, jealous, and greedy siblings (along with her wannabe-lover) in hot pursuit of ruining Belle’s happiness and stealing the Beast’s riches, fairytale karma is served. A new Beast is reincarnated and the sisters see their “true selves” in the mysteriously blunt and truthful mirror and the Beast is at last transformed to be Belle’s perfect prince charming. What’s interesting to me about this collection of character fate is that everything that we knew was true from Belle’s viewpoint is finally brought to attention.