Belle Prepares to Shimmy Her Way to Freedom in New Beauty and the Beast Clip

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Whether Belle does or does not have Stockholm Syndrome by Beauty and the Beast’s end is a question for armchair psychologists in possession of more pristine faux-credentials than our own. Emma Watson has described her Belle as more of a fighter, though, and we finally have some evidence of that. After plenty of footage that has looked like a (pretty!) shot-for-shot remake of the original animated classic, a new clip has debuted, showcasing the scene in which Belle resists the beast’s attempts to coax her into a dinner invite, this time with the added grit of a fully hatched escape plan. Beaaaast, never leave your prisoner with cloth that can be knotted together — that is Keeping a Prisoner Imprisoned 101! We’re supposed to believe you’ve been cloistered in an enchanted castle sans social interaction for years upon years, and you’ve never lost a day to mainlining literally any prison-y procedural? Even for suspension of disbelief, that’s a bridge too far.

Belle Prepares Her Escape in New Beauty and the Beast Clip