Answering a Question With a Theory
I saw the CinemaSins’ recent video about Beauty and the Beast (2017), as one does, because no matter how many mistakes they find, they can always make it sound hilarious. But one comment in particular stood out to me: the one about the castle.
The quote is as follows:
“The castle begins crumbling like the boss level of some super Mario game for no other reason besides adding suspense.”
So basically: what was the reason for the castle falling apart? Shouldn’t it completely collapse once the last petal falls?
And to be completely honest, that one threw me for a sec. Why did the castle stop falling apart once the last petal fell? But then I got a thought that kinda answered that question for me. It ain’t official, but I think it makes the most sense: the castle is too settled in reality to bear the weight of magic.
There are a ton of objects in the castle that aren’t sentient and move anyway, like the cups and plates in Be Our Guest and the saucers that Chip moves during the fight scene. I have a theory here about how there may be telekinetic energy at work during the curse. For the castle, it almost seems like the exact opposite of how the objects inside are affected.
For instance, the staff can make plates and glasses and carts move around easy-peasy; nothing much happens, but as every petal falls, the more the staff become their own objects, and the more the castle starts to fall apart. Or is it “the more the castle begins to bend with the strength of the curse”?
If the curse took its full effect when Agathe cast it that one night, then there would be no story. The residents would just be objects, and the Beast would remain a Beast no matter how many times he fell in love. The curse was a curse that took reached its full effect over time, and grew stronger with every passing day, especially when a petal fell. The castle’s crumbling is just its reaction to the increased strength of evil magic (because come on, what kind of magic like this is good? Even if it is just to teach a lesson…). It can’t support itself. I bet Agathe knew this and sort of shrugged about it, maybe made it so no one inside would get killed. Emphasis on inside. Gaston wasn’t inside.
(And I like to think that Adam’s mother brought her own kind of “magic” into the castle, to keep things light and bright and happy. But it’s just a headcanon; not important)
Once the last petal falls, the magic that Agathe left behind will depart from the castle. There will be no more “cursed” castle, only an old castle with nothing in it but antiques and a ferocious beast. After that, the castle will be left to the elements, and will eventually fall apart and become a ruin thanks to weeds, wind, and rain.
Notice that the shaking and falling apart got worse when the rose only had a couple of petals left. The magic was becoming stronger.
To accent this point, there is a small part after the servants’ fading scene (very, very brief) where the lanterns in the courtyard go out, signaling that the entire castle had fallen prey to the curse and was officially “dead”. No more fighting, no need to fight; it was all over.
And after this, the castle didn’t fall apart anymore. In fact, the only living thing in that castle was Belle herself. Everything–including the Beast–looked a lot more faded than usual. To me, everything blended together except for Belle’s white dress.
So, long story short: the castle is unable to bear the weight of so much magic inside of it. That’s why it crumbles.