The film’s mutation is a bit like the creature’s, in a sense. Promising, fascinating beginnings soon deteriorate into mundane familiar developments.
“They ask all sorts of questions; some of them are really thought-provoking. Daniel, for instance, offhandedly asked me what’d happen if somebody cried in space.”
Belle, looking at Beast’s transformed conventionally good-looking face, looks in longing, and asks, “How would you feel about growing a beard?” My heart swelled.
Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts isn’t one to take his material too seriously. That’s why just as one of the innumerable harrowing creatures gobbles up one of the travelling party, you’re shown the shot of a man biting into his sandwich.
It’s Ilaiyaraaja, not Ilayaraja; S.P. Balasubrahmanyam, not S.P. Balasubramaniam; Arvind Swami, not Arvind Swamy; and Prabhu Dheva, not Prabhu Deva. You’re welcome for this life-changing lesson.