What Moms Should Know Before Watching Beauty and the Beast with Their Kids

I personally think that Bill Condon has made the live action remake of Beauty and the Beast for millennials who were read this story to as children by their baby boomer parents; people who spent a considerable amount of life encountering real life beasts as they passed their engineering exams to land themselves that decent IT job. Jokes apart, if the remake of Jungle Book has set your expectations high and you are taking your kids under 16 to the movie, then it’s very important to know a few things before you buy them caramel popcorn at the theatre. For example, if you have not yet heard this news then let me take this privilege to tell you that Russia banned Beauty and the Beast for children under 16 because they have a federal law against ‘gay propaganda’ among minors. Does such a thing even exist? Well, the answer is yes, but if you blink your eyes more than how much you usually do while watching the movie, you are likely to miss it.

The beast has lots of hidden beauty and that is the underlying message of the movie. However, this moral lesson reaches after you are through with some flicks of violence such as snarling pack of wolves, mothers dying of plague, man thrown down to death and the beast lurching from one pillar to another with arrows in his back. The appearance of the bad boy Gaston cursed to become a leonine fellow can be a little too much for kids especially for those who have known Gaston as a ladybird in Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom.

Much to add to the amusement, house items beautifully brought to life by the touch of technology – Mrs. Potts the teapot, Lumiere the candelabra and Cogsworth the clock. You will get to overhear Candelabra and feather duster talking of love flirting with and kissing each other.

In Hollywood and Bollywood movies alike, we have many storylines where the heroine falls in love with a ‘bad guy’ and her search for beauty in him trail blazes till the climax. Movies like GreaseReality Bites, and She’s All have this message. The underlying notion is that beauty is hidden in everyone – even the bad guys, and it yields to the care and bonding shown by the heroine. I have no particular issue with this theme except that it smells more of Stockholm syndrome as explained by psychiatrist Frank Ochberg who described the phenomenon of hostages developing feelings of love for their captors. Well, the latest beauty aka Belle is said to have been empowered but the end result of the story remains untouched, unchanged.

Belle is a motherless child. I wonder why all Disney heroines have one or both parents missing. It’s said most probably because Walt Disney himself was struck with this misfortune in childhood but does this justify his case to be killing – I mean absenting Disney characters’ parents?

There is subtle humor and profanity which is ‘okay’ for grownups but not suitable for small children. Like the scene where a woman grabs a man by his buttocks (I guess he was her husband!). There are too many women wearing low cut dresses and revealing their cleavages.

No doubt the movie is a delight for the eyes and also brings to life a story that was very close to many of us till these feminists brought their theories and distorted our focus. So mom enjoy it with your beast! Ahem I mean with your man, but is it good for your small kid? Take a call.


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