Beauty and the Beast (2017)
Dan Stevens: Beast
Belle : [finds the Beast reading in the garden] What are you reading?
Beast : [quickly closes the book] Nothing.
Belle : "Guinevere and Lancelot."
Beast : [correcting her] Well, actually..."King Arthur and the Round Table." Knights, and men, and swords and things...
Belle : Still... It's a romance.
Beast : Alright...
Beast : [to Belle, opening the enchanted book] A little gift from the Enchantress. A book that truly allows you to escape.
[blows the dust off it and places it on the stand]
Belle : [fascinated] How amazing!
Beast : [sadly] It was her cruelest trick of all. It was just another curse. Perhaps our world has no place for a creature like me. But it can for you.
[He offers Belle his hand. Belle takes it and he places her hand on the book]
Beast : Think of the one place that you've always wanted to see. Now find it in your mind's eye and feel it in your heart.
[Beast frees Belle]
Beast : [sings] I was the one who had it all, I was the master of my fate / I never needed anybody in my life, I learned the truth too late / I'll never shake away the pain, I close my eyes but she's still there / I let her steal into my melancholy heart, it's more than I can bear / Now I know she'll never leave me, even as she runs away / She will still torment me, calm me, hurt me, move me, come what may / Wasting in my lonely tower, waiting by an open door / I'll fool myself, she'll walk right in and be with me for evermore... / I rage against the trials of love, I curse the fading of the light / Though she's already flown so far beyond my reach, she's never out of sight / Now I know she'll never leave me, even as she fades from view / She will still inspire me, be a part of everything I do / Wasting in my lonely tower, waiting by an open door / I'll fool myself, she'll walk right in, and as the long long nights begin, I'll think of all that might have been / Waiting here for evermore...
Belle : [hears the servants laughing in the castle] They know how to have a good time.
Beast : [rolls his eyes] Yes, but when I enter the room, the laughter dies.
Belle : Me too.
[the Beast looks at her in surprise]
Belle : The villagers say that I'm a funny girl. But I'm not sure they mean it as a compliment.
Beast : I'm sorry. Your village sounds terrible.
Belle : [sighs] Almost as lonely as your castle.
Beast : [inspired] What do you say we run away?
Beast : [to the magic mirror] Show me the girl...
Beast : [roaring in pain as Belle cleans his wounds] *Ow*! That hurts.
Belle : If you held still, it wouldn't hurt as much.
Beast : If you hadn't run away, none of this would have happened.
Belle : Well, if you hadn't frightened me, I wouldn't have run away!
Beast : Well, you shouldn't have been in the West Wing!
Belle : Well, you should learn to control your temper!
[the Beast turns away, too tired to argue. Belle finishes cleaning his wounds; he doesn't protest this time]
Belle : Try to get some rest.
Belle : [sees the Beast's silhouette in an upper part of the tower] Who's there? Who are you?
Beast : [angrily] Who are *you*?
Belle : I've come for my father!
Beast : Your father... is a thief!
Belle : Liar!
Beast : He stole a rose.
Belle : I asked for the rose. Punish ME, not him.
Maurice : No, he means forever. Apparently, that's what happens around here when you pick a flower!
Belle : [to the Beast] A life sentence for a rose?
Beast : [leaps down to her section of the tower, but remains hidden in the shadows] I received eternal damnation for one. I'm merely locking him away. Now, do you still wish to take your father's place?
Belle : Come into the light.
[the Beast doesn't move. Belle grabs Lumiere and holds him up to his face. Seeing the Beast's intimidating appearance, she gasps in fear]
Beast : [irked] Choose.
Belle : [reciting lines from "A Midsummer Night's Dream" as the Beast rests] "Love can transpose to form and dignity. Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind..."
Beast : [recites the rest of the line with her] "... and therefore is winged Cupid painted blind."
Belle : [surprised] You know Shakespeare.
Beast : [rolls over] I had an expensive education.
Belle : Actually, "Romeo and Juliet"'s my favorite play.
Beast : [groans exasperatedly] Ugh, why is that not a surprise?
Belle : [taken aback] I'm sorry?
Beast : Well, all that heartache, and pining, and...
[shudders and sticks out his tongue]
Beast : So many better things to read.
Belle : [shocked] Like what?
[Cut to the Beast leading Belle into the castle library]
Beast : Well, there are a couple of things in here you could start with...
Beast : [to Belle, gruffly] You'll join me for dinner. That's not a request.
Mrs. Potts : Gently, Master. The girl lost her father *and* her freedom in one day.
Lumière : Yes, the poor thing is probably in there scared to death.
Belle : [Unbeknownst to them, Belle has turned her pink gown into a rope so she can escape. The Beast knocks on her bedroom door again, softly this time; nervously] Just a minute.
Lumière : You see? There she is. Now remember: Be gentle.
Mrs. Potts : Kind.
Plumette : Mmm, charming.
Cogsworth : Sweet!
Lumière : And when she opens the door, give her a dashing, debonaire smile! Come, come, show me the smile!
Cogsworth : [the Beast gives a wide smile, showing his monstrous teeth. The servants react in fright] Oh, dear!
Plumette : Oh, no!
Beast : [his smile vanishes; graciously] Will you join me for dinner?
[He turns away and shakes his head at the servants as if to say, "This'll never work"]
Belle : You've taken me as your prisoner, and now you want to have dinner with me? Are you insane?
Plumette : [the Beast becomes visibly enraged; the servants back away in fear] Uh-oh! He's losing it!
Cogsworth : Oh, dear!
Beast : [pounds on Belle's door, yelling] I told you to join me for dinner!
Belle : And I told you no!
Madame Garderobe : [awakens startled] Oh, what time is it? What's happening?
Belle : I'd *starve* before I ever ate with you!
Beast : [roaring] Well, be my guest! Go ahead and starve!
Beast : If she doesn't eat with me, then she doesn't eat *at all*!
Beast : Idiots!
[the Beast enters the dining room and sees a dinner plate on his side. He sits down and sees another plate set up across from him. He pushes away the plate in a fit of rage]
Beast : [roars] *Lumiere*!
[Lumière and Cogsworth get startled]
Lumière : [turns to Cogsworth] Be calm. Let me do the talking.
[the Beast bursts through the door]
Beast : You're making her dinner?
Lumière : We thought you might appreciate the company.
Cogsworth : Master, I just want to assure you that I had no part of this hopeless plan. Preparing her dinner, designing a gown for her, giving her a suite in the East Wing...
Beast : You gave her a bedroom?
Cogsworth : No, no, no! He gave her the bedroom.
Lumière : Well, this is true. But, if this girl is the one who can break the spell, then maybe you can start by using dinner to charm her.
[turns to Cogsworth, bonks]
Lumière : Good thinking, Cogsworth.
Cogsworth : What?
Beast : That's the most ridiculous idea, I've ever heard. Charm the prisoner.
Lumière : But you must try, master. With every passing day, we become less human.
Beast : She's the *daughter* of a common thief. What kind of person do you think that makes her?
Mrs. Potts : Oh, you can't judge people by who their father is, now can you?
[the Beast sighs]
Belle : [singing] "This is the Paris of my childhood/These were the borders of my life/In this crumbling, dusty attic/Where an artist loved his wife/Easy to remember/Harder to move on/Knowing the Paris of my childhood/Is gone"
[she sits on the bed as the Beast walks around to the other side of the room]
Beast : What happened to your mother?
Belle : It was the one story Papa could never bring himself to tell me. I knew better than to ask.
Beast : [he looks to the chair and gasps softly] A doctor's mask...
Beast : Plague.
[flashback to a plague doctor closing his medicine case. Belle's mother lays sick on the bed behind him]
Plague Doctor : We have to leave. Now.
Belle's Mother : [to Young Maurice] Go, before it takes her too.
[he picks up a crying infant Belle as her mother kisses the rose he left behind. Back to present, Belle clutching her crib]
Beast : I'm sorry I ever called your father a thief.
Belle : [whispers] Let's go home.
Beast : [breathing heavily] You came back.
Belle : Of course I came back. I'll never leave you again.
Beast : I believe it's my time to leave.
Belle : We're together now. It's gonna be fine.
Beast : At least I got to see you one last time.
[the last petal falls; the Beast dies]
Belle : No! Please, no.
Belle : Come back. Come back. Please, don't leave me. I love you.
Cogsworth : Well, Master, I have had my doubts, but everything is moving like clockwork. True love really does win the day!
Beast : I let her go.
Cogsworth : [shocked] You what?
Lumière : Master, how could you do that?
Beast : I had to.
Cogsworth : But why?
Mrs. Potts : Because he loves her.
Lumière : Then why are we not human?
Cogsworth : Because she doesn't love him. And now, it's too late.
Plumette : [hopefully] But she might come back.
Beast : No. I set her free. I'm sorry I couldn't do the same for all of you. Now, go. Our time is almost past.
Beast : [like there's something wrong with it] I had an expensive education.