[personal profile] calvinl
Last night we went to see Beauty and the Beast. It was the first time I had seen the entire movie in its entirety, and I know it's a children's movie, but there are a few things that bothered me about it.

One thing that bothered me was that the prince started off as an asshole, and was even pretty temperamental when he was the beast. I understand that could be the animalistic nature, but he seemed like the kind of person who could be abusive when things didn't go his way. This sends a wrong message to children that they should stay with someone even if they display these kinds of characteristics. It seems almost like they are encouraging staying with someone in that relationship.

One could argue that it was a tale of redemption, because admittedly the beast shown some personal growth in that aspect. After all, people make mistakes and they could change. But people change because they want to change from within, not because of love of another person. In other words, love is usually not enough to get someone to change who they are, this seems to be a romanticized idea that people claim.

Even after the beast turns into a prince, there is no guarantee that he is a different person. I just found it hard to believe that someone could change in such a short period of time and forget who they are. I think it would have been a better ending if the beast dies even after Belle professes her love for him. This is not to sound pessimistic, because I know this is a children's movie. But I think it would teach kids a better lesson, instead of the stereotypical fairytale ending that gives kids the wrong idea about life.

It reminds me of a recent Disney movie, The Princess and the Frog. The prince that turned into a frog was a dick, and somehow he gets rewarded in the end. Although, now that I think about it, maybe it is more real life than I'd like to admit. I just hate it when arrogant pricks get rewarded when people who make an effort to be considerate all along gets shafted. It's like how at my junior high, the honor students were never recognized, and the student of the month is some truant who gets awarded because he miraculously got straight B's when they were barely passing their classes.

Redemption and change are good things, but what about the people who never let themselves get to that point
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