La Belle et a la Bette was a film filled with recurring motifs and implicit meanings. The characters are introduce to the audience without addressing their time/era or location. As the movie proceeds we noticed that most of the characters are self-absorbed individuals chain to the idea of expressing emotion through materialistic means. However Belle, the prettiest compared to her two sisters is able to maintain a humble mind and gear her time and energy to more important factors in her life.
As the story unfolds and the beast is revealed to be a sentimental and caring being, we can deduct from our previous knowledge of fairy tales, and from the 1990s version of beauty and the beast that the characters (Belle and the Beast) will end up together. A recurring theme in the movie is the sense of knowing how an individual is not by how they look but how they are in the inside. This showing of internal beauty is repeated throughout the film through the use of the mirror that displays what the character thinks about, Belle’s tears of diamonds, and the Beast’s relentless desire within to show that love can turn something ugly into the most beautiful thing you have ever experienced.
Various objects throughout the movie had implicit meaning. For example, the statues with faces around the castle with bright eyes can mean the beauty is in the eye of the beholder although, the explanation is never really given and the statues are seldomly addressed. Meanings for other objects are left to the viewer when it comes to the arms that act as servants, the construction of the garden, and the curse which the beast was put under. Overall I thought it was a great film and love that some of these things are not fully explain and left to the viewers to interpret. I believe it gives us a little more liberty in how we perceive the movie and its purpose.