A wonderful Love Story
DISNEY runs amok in the live-action presentation of its timeless classic ”Beauty and the Beast”—injecting the first homosexual love affair of the House of Mouse.
First—there is the movie—which is directed by Academy Award winner Bill Condon (Best Writing Adapted Screenplay in 1998 for “Gods and
Monsters”) and it is sparkling!
The story follows EXACTLY the 1991 animated cartoon as we are first introduced to the Beast (Dan Stevens) who is cursed, along with his majestic castle and servants to descend into a hideous world of monsters. Themaster of the castle becomes the Beast—a massive creature with
antelope antlers and a really mean disposition.
His servants, most notably Lumière (Ewan McGregor), Cogsworth (Ian McKellen), Mrs. Potts (Emma Thompson) and Chip (Nathan Mack) are likewise transformed into the real life versions of a candlestick, clock, a serving pot and a piece of porcelain. Time is also not on the side of the Beast and his allies as the curse comes with an “out clause” … that is the Beast is given a magical rose that rests within a glass container. If all of the pedals slide off the rose and touch the ground before the Beast can find true love—with a woman that is—he and everyone else in the castle are doomed to stay as hideous monsters for time and all eternity.
A grim fate indeed. Enter Belle (Emma Watson), bookworm nerd who is as naïve to the world as you can imagine, and lives in the small village below the Beasts’ castle with her elderly father. She is relentlessly sexually stalked by a predator named Gaston (Luke Evans), a beefcake stud who boasts to all of the female conquests he has tallied up.
Eventually Belle becomes sequestered in the castle—confronts the Beast—and well, you know the entire story because this is EXACTLY like the cartoon. Except for Belle’s running up a near-by hill to belt out a tune ala “The Sound of Music” and a new dance number inside the castle to “Be Our Guest” there are no new surprises in this live action version of “Beauty and the Beast” and the “happily ever after” ending for our two charming lovebirds.
The music is lovely as is Ms. Watson in the lead female role of whom this writer found utterly captivating.Mr. Stevens likely had little sleep during the filming of “Beauty and the Beast” as the make-up and costuming must have taken four hours every morning to create.
No doubt he was pleased when he received true love’s kiss and shed off all that muscle padding.
This writer is not giving away the ending because unless you have been living in a submarine for 26 years, you know that the curse is lifted, the Beast returns to his human form, likewise all of the servants, and true love does prevail.
Now about this “gay” issue that Disney has dropped in.In media reports, director Condon, who is openly gay, said it was not in the script but went ahead anyway to transform Josh Gad as Gaston’s buddy LeFou from a stumbling boob into a flaming ballerina.
As Gaston is pursuing Belle, he likewise is being sexually perused as his next conquest by LeFou who has his amorous eyes on that “hunk of man.” This from Director Condon: “LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston.”
Condon said. “He’s confused about what he wants. It’s somebody who’s just realizing that he has these feelings. And Josh makes something really subtle and delicious out of it.”
If this happened when Walt Disney was alive, when he brought Lady and the Tramp to the screen in 1955, the world would have burned to a cinder.
Today, millions of parents around the globe are now going to have to explain to their six year olds about “gay love” in the middle of what
probably will be another childhood Disney “classic”—AND the director has promised a openly “gay moment” at the film’s ending.
Oh, good grief!
There is a time and a place for everything and for whatever reason, the good folks at Disney decided now is the time for its first homosexual love affair.
Well, let me tell you buster, this is not going to be received at all well by the viewing audience once the word gets out.
One specific theater in America’s Alabama, a Christian bastion, has already reported (according to the Associated Press) that it will boycott the film.
The owners are quoted by the AP as saying: “When companies continually force their views on us we need to take a stand,” read the post. “If we cannot take our 11-year-old granddaughter and 8-year-old grandson to see a movie we have no business watching it. If I can’t sit through a movie with God or Jesus sitting by me then we have no business showing it. I know there will be some that do not agree with this decision. That’s fine … We will continue to show family oriented films so you can feel free to come watch wholesome movies without worrying about sex, nudity, homosexuality and foul language.”
That’s not all. The government of Russia is already calling Beauty and the Beast “gay propaganda,” is set to ban the film for life from showing in their nation and the reaction to this character in the middle of a sweet, romantic love story is going to, no doubt, confuse audiences around the world.
”Beauty and the Beast” is a wonderful love story with charming lead performances which are EXACTLY like the cartoon and at the end, true love (for the most part) does prevail.
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