Beauty and the Beast was a polarizing film (that still managed to end up being #8 on the all-time U.S. box office chart). Some felt it bettered the 1991 animated classic, some felt that film could never be touched, and some-like me-feel that both can be spectacular. I don’t think the live-action film surpasses its original the way 2016’s The Jungle Book did, but I loved Beauty and the Beast (you can read my review here), despite some flaws, and a huge reason why is Dan Stevens and his musical number: “Evermore”.
The Beast was, to me, the best thing about the film. Dan Stevens, who most people know from his work on Downton Abbey, gives the Beast a much better, deeper voice than Robbie Benson did. He’s also given THE most spectacular improvement in the film’s soundtrack with a “Music of the Night”-level quality song called “Evermore” that he sings after the ballroom scene as he climbs his crumbling castle in increasing desperation to keep Belle in view as she rides off.
One of the few flaws in the 1991 film is that the Beast doesn’t have a song. He gets a few stanzas in “Something There” and that’s it. Belle has songs, Gaston has songs, the freaking teapot and candelabra have songs, but no song for your male lead? It also helps with another off-note from the animated film. The Beast there goes pretty much catatonic when Belle leaves and doesn’t so much as move until attacked by Gaston. This song serves to show just how hard letting her go was. Putting a song this amazing at that point in the story was a huge narrative boost, and my favorite scene of 2017 thus far.