When you’re a kid, you don’t think about the inconsistencies in stories and movies. You mostly care about getting from point A to point B in the most magical of ways. When you grow up, you start to notice all the huge plot holes that just make you scratch your head. Disney’s Beauty and the Beast was one of those movies that had a ton of plot holes that were never answered. Why did no one realize a Prince was missing? How did Belle get the Beast on the horse? Why did Belle even let Gaston in the house? Where the heck is Belle’s mother?
Luckily, the 2017 remake of Beauty and the Beast must have taken notes, because it managed to fill out its most glaring plot holes. Here are a few that we caught.
~*Possible spoilers ahead*~
Why does no one remember the castle?
You would think that a town would go wild if the prince and lord of a castle went missing. Well, the Enchantress fixes most of the plot holes on this list. In the intro of the film, it’s revealed that after cursing the residents of the castle, she also removed the memories of all who lived there from their loved ones. It was an easy fix to one of the biggest plot holes in Disney history, but it still sucks. Bummer.
Punishing a Man instead of a Child
This was considered one of the darker plot holes. Originally, the enchanted rose was only supposed to bloom until the beast’s 21st birthday. The story mentioned that they’ve been cursed for ten years, so let’s do some math. The Prince would have had to be 11 years old when the Enchantress turned him into an ugly beast. I don’t know about you, but I was taught to turn away creepy witches when I was a kid. This enchantress just sentenced a boy to a life of eternal damnation. Luckily, the 2017 remake curses him while he’s a young narcissistic man.
This enchantress was definitely more ethical than her 1991 Disney counterpart.
Time Doesn’t Pass
This one isn’t exactly solved by the remake, but reddit user Hainted thought up a wild theory that solves the problem. Years have passed since the castle was cursed, but no one in the movie has aged. Even in the end, everyone is the same exact age as that fateful night. Hainted speculates that the village is in a “time loop” and the only exceptions are Belle and her father since they moved there after the curse. Remember how Belle says that every morning is the same? How everyone thinks they’re strange strange?
Getting Beast on the Horse
Belle might be a strong independent woman, but I don’t think she was strong enough to lift the beast onto Philippe. It’s a small plot hole, but a plot hole nonetheless. To fix this, Belle pleads, “You have to help me. You have to stand.” Cue romantic shift in the movie.
P.S. Philippe was the real MVP. If I was that horse I would have been out of there the moment I heard the wolves.
Mrs. Potts and Chip’s Relationship
Was she his nanny? His grandmother? We know chip calls her “mama” but the age gap was so far in between that we couldn’t help but wonder if he meant Grandma. In a funny tidbit, it’s finally revealed that Mrs. Potts is really Chip’s mother. I’m still a little confused about the age difference since Mrs. Potts would have had to have Chip pretty late, but at least that’s one less question to worry about.
Gaston and the Puddle
Yet another small movie sin. After Belle turns away Gaston’s passionate proposal, he is seen falling into huge muddy pond that appears out of nowhere. I know it was more for comedic purposes, but it’s still a movie inconsistency. In the remake, instead he just steps into deep puddle as he leaves Belle’s residence. Not as dramatic, but still oh so satisfying.
This was personally the biggest mystery for me. You had to wonder why Maurice was so protective of his daughter that he was willing to go back to the beast to take her back. We’re so used to there being an evil step mother, too, but the Disney movie just completely glossed over Belle’s mother. There were so many wild theories, like Belle’s mother being from royalty or even the enchantress that cursed the beast. This adaptation finally put that question to an end in the most tragic and beautiful ways. Seriously. Grab some tissues.
And there you have it. These were some of the main plot holes the 2017 remake of Beauty and the Beast covered. Did you notice any that didn’t make the list? Let us know what we missed in a comment down below.