I mean, do you really need to ask? But maybe you do, if you haven’t seen the new Beauty and the Beast movie yet. I was very excited about seeing it, and, to be honest, I was feeling a little skeptical about my first viewing of it even though I did fall in love with the song “Evermore” from the very first listening. It is, after all, a flawless breakup song.
Everyone who has a soul is familiar with the wildly classic ballroom scene set to the theme song of “Beauty and the Beast” where we finally see Belle and Beast dance together and get all of the romantic and visual tingles of budding love. If you know this scene, then you also know that Beast also realizes after their (hopefully) long night of dancing that he loves Belle, and because of that, he releases her from her imprisonment so that she can go and be with her sick father. Already a somewhat emotional moment for everyone who conveniently forgets that Belle was indeed a prisoner and never actually wanted to leave her father in the first place. But… That’s a cold splash of reality we have to side step in order to stay warm and fuzzy for the romantic idea of having to set someone free with the desperate hope that they will return, while secretly knowing (or, believing, as it turns out to be the case) that they never will.
Anyways, on to the start of the beautiful song of lost love, “Evermore”. The clip of the song from the movie tells an even deeper story than the song itself; it shows the Beast climbing the tower higher and higher as Belle rides farther and farther away so that he can keep her in sight as long as possible, afraid he’ll never see her again, and that these are the last viewings of her that he can capture in his memory for the rest of his days.
As anyone who’s ever seen any version of Beauty and the Beast already knows, of course, he does see her again. He doesn’t know that though. So, if we put ourselves in the moment with a hopelessly desolate Beast condemned to go back to a life of eternal loneliness, I’d venture to say that most of us would be pretty fucking sad too. Furthermore, I have noticed from some of my own suspect relationships, that even though when you supposedly “break up”, there is always that confused feeling of not really knowing if it’s over or not. There is the fear that it truly is, and sometimes the hope that they won’t come back because you know inside if they return you will have little choice but to take them back. This is not me saying that you have to take someone back that you don’t want, but sometimes love makes us do ridiculous things and has its own magical (or tragic) way of overpowering us.
“Evermore” captures this uncertainty, this darkness and desolation, and serves it up for you with a heart quaking melody in a deep voice with a full orchestra supporting it. For those of you who are fans of orchestral instruments, you will be doubly delighted by the performance of the musicians. I know I was. And now…here is the song you’ve all been waiting for… “Evermore” by Dan Stevens.