The Beast, also known as Prince Adam, is the male protagonist in the 2017 live action remake of Beauty and the Beast. He is based of his previous incarnation of the same name.
While the original Beast was a beloved character, he, alongside his wife Belle, both were horribly flanderized in the controversial remake of the original movie.
Why He Was Not the Beast We All Know And Love
- While not as much as in Belle's Magical World, here he is flanderized into a bigger jerk, like with Belle and unlike with Lumiere.
- His chemistry with Belle is weak and poorly executed.
- They spend less time unlike in the original and their emotional moments such as the argument in the west wing and Belle tending to the Beast’s wounds are butchered, which is one of the reasons many fans and admirers of the original animated classic hated the movie and why it got mixed to negative reviews.
- In the original, the Beast (at some prompting from Lumière) gives Belle her own room and looks guilty or at least uncomfortable when he sees her crying. Here, he fully intends to leave Belle in the tower and it's the servants who give her a new room.
- In the West Wing scene, the scene was rushed, lasting for only 7 seconds while in the original, it lasts for 30 with more impact and emotion. Also, unlike the original, the Beast showed no remorse for screaming at Belle, only caring about the rose.
- In the infamous library scene, the Beast arrogantly shows off the castle library to Belle after the latter recites Romeo and Juliet much to the former's chagrin, in stark contrast to the original film where the Beast gifts Belle the castle library out of compassion and affection towards her, which made the Beast come off as far more unlikable in this film.
- In this version, he imprisons Maurice for attempting to take a single rose from the garden, which is a bit lame compared to the 1991 version, when he locked him up for trespassing in his castle.
- While a decent new song, Evermore is out of place in this movie.
- His design is ugly, as it barely even looks like the original Beast. He looks more like the Faun from Pan's Labyrinth and Stranger from Oddworld mixed-mashed together or even basically more like Chewbacca from Star Wars with ram horns. In other words, his design is very unfaithful to the original source material.
- Unlike in the original, his development here feels pointless, because the enchantress comes in and triggers the entire events of his character development from start to end, right down to the infamous jump-the-shark moment where the film officially gets to flip it's middle finger to the original 1991 film is where she undoes the Beast's curse near the end of the film before Belle confesses her love for him.
- Dan Stevens did a good job playing him.
- His backstory of how he became a jerk is decent, which is why some people who dislike the original or have issues with it tolerate this remake and consider it somewhat underrated, although there are still people like Raisorblade who hated it.
- Despite still bad, his flanderization here isn't as terrible as he was in Belle's Magical World.
- His animated version is a much better character than his live-action version.