Some thoughts on the new “Belle” clip
BECAUSE OF COURSE
Okay, lemme start off by saying that Emma sounds GORGEOUS and the whole clip itself just made me even more hyped than I already was. I keep thinking there is no way I can be more excited for this movie, and then they surprise me with new stuff and my excitement goes even higher.
This clip, man, so many feels. I just love the attention to detail in just this 58-second clip!
(Sorry that the caps are kinda blurry, I grabbed them from youtube and I can’t go frame by frame on there)
I loved this shot right here, this guy is being thrown in jail (probably public intoxication or something like that), and she just takes the time to wave at him.
When I first saw this, I thought she had stolen that bread and the baker was giving her a look for doing that. But no, she paid for it, and the baker is just looking at her for being such a strange girl because it’s Belle and she’s weird.
THIS RIGHT HERE. This exchange between her and Monsieur Jean (sp?) really stood out to me.
Monsieur Jean: Good morning, Belle!
Belle: Good morning, Monsieur Jean. Have you lost something again?
Monsieur Jean: I believe I have! Problem is, I can’t remember what. Oh well, I’m sure it’ll come to me.
I didn’t think much of this at first until a friend pointed it out on Facebook, but Belle seems to be the only one who is concerned about Monsieur Jean and his memory problems. Again, this is only a 58-second clip and there may be more with him in the movie (I sure hope so, I love him already), but you don’t see him interact with any other villagers before he begins speaking with Belle. She notices right away that he’s lost something, and he’s not quite sure what it is he lost. Then, Belle does this:
Where did that apple come from? There weren’t any villagers nearby selling fruit, and we don’t see a bin of apples for the horses. Which could possibly mean that Monsieur Jean tends to forget to feed his donkey, and Belle remembers this and brings an apple with her to be sure it gets fed. I’m sure this donkey is important to him and his business.
Monsieur Jean: Where’re you off to?
Belle: To return this book to [I didn’t catch his name, I’m sorry]. It’s about two lovers in fair Verona.
Monsieur Jean: Sounds boring.
I seriously already love this guy and his donkey that’s chewing on its rope. It looks like he sells china and puppets? And odd combination, but it fits with what we’ve seen of him so far. Also, sounds like Belle just finished reading Romeo & Juliet!
I will admit, I was a bit disappointed at first that she wasn’t reading during her trek through the village, but the more I watched the clip, the more I actually appreciated them making that change. She still looks like she’s in her own little world, not paying attention to the world around her and the villagers who judge her. It’s Belle doing what Belle wants to do, even if that means skipping across the pond past the geese that are singing along with the music. Like, she straight up walks through the laundry area, practically stepping on stuff that the girls had most likely just cleaned.
Anyways, I love how in this short clip, they were able to establish the gender roles in the village with just two shots. Above, you see the boys marching into school and watching Belle as she passes by, and then in the last shot…
…you see the girls are doing chores with all of the other women, because that is what they should be doing and why isn’t Belle doing that too, she’s so weird.
One more thing that I absolutely love: the costume design!!! While the villagers aren’t strictly wearing earthtones like in the original film, the colors they do wear are more muted and the patterns on the fabrics are simple and understated. But then Belle’s dress is a brighter blue, and Monsieur Jean is wearing a bright red and paisley vest, making them stand out a lot more amongst the other villagers.
I am seriously infinitely excited for this movie!