That's the tricky tightrope that the live-action movie walks: It wants you to take all these characters seriously, so it now fleshes out their motivations and spells out more of their back stories. Spoilers ahead: So Belle's mom has a mysterious secret about her past. Turns out that the Beast lost one parent when he was very young. Even Luke Evans, who really steals the movie as Gaston, has been revealing in interviews that his chauvinistic pig of a character is more than a boor. He's a military man who might be suffering PSTD (post-stress traumatic disorder) from the war.
But if we're to take everything so literally, that opens up a can of worms, too. It's one thing to be delighted by the dazzling cartoon animation of ''Be Our Guest'' in the original; it's another to see CGI artists trying to outdo that in the new version. For instance, there's plenty of plates filled with food in this ''culinary cabaret.'' Who cooked it all? Where'd the tons of groceries come from? Who knew there was Fresh Direct in 18th-century France? ;)