Posted 27 January 2017 - 12:55 PM
First of all, my wife had a great time watching this over lunch. So, thanks Taylor Anne!
Okay, I think I'm about to crack this thing wide open. When Belle pulls Beast away from his dinner (seriously lady, let me finish eating), Lumiere waves his hands in front of a faceless candelabra and makes the flames dim to a romantic glow. It was then, with the help of my wife, we stumbled upon a couple of truths...
First, the people were cursed but the objects are enchanted. Basically, if an object has a face or voice it was once a living person. If it's just a faceless dish serving grey goop, it's an enchanted object.
Second, if you're a cursed person, you hold dominion over similar enchanted objects (e.g. Lumiere can control other candlesticks. Mrs Potts can control dishes.) Following this line of thought, we then stumbled upon the idea that Cogsworth must therefore control TIME ITSELF! This would explain certain age discrepancies and how an entire village could forget about their former rulers in less than a decade. Cogsworth has been slowing time to allow the Beast more time to find true love. However, he can't stop time all together so the rose is still wilting. If you consider the flower's deterioration, you see that at the beginning until about two-thirds of the movie, the rose is doing just fine. It isn't until The Beast lets Belle go, thus condemning not just himself, but all of his servants to the enchantress' curse, that the rose begins to shed petals at a quicker rate. That is, Cogsworth--despondent over his liege's decision--allows time to move forward again, thus resuming their inexorably march down the path toward their inevitable damnation.
Celeste: But I'd make a lousy Earth person...I made way too much breakfast and the dog hates me.
My Stepmother is an Alien (1988)
Warren T. Rat: Who are you gonna believe, me or your own eyes?
An American Tail (1986)