Monday, January 16, 2012

Suburbs of Our Discontent

This has been a LONG weekend, and I did a lot of stuff. What stands out at this moment, however, is seeing Beauty and the Beast in 3D with my five-year-old.

Things that went through my mind while watching this movie for the first time on the big screen (and the one millionth time overall):

1) Women of my demographic will never stop being suckers for Disney heroines created to please women of my demographic. By that I mean heroines who read a lot and are cynical about marriage.

2) Turning a non-3D movie into a 3D movie makes it look cheesy.

3) Disney movies always include highly disturbing moments that, if you blink, can go unnoticed. For example, one of the rioting villagers attempts to do something that looks like rape to an animate feather duster. I can't explain this any further; you'll just have to check it out yourself.

4) And finally, what the hell does it mean when Gaston recites Lady Macbeth's line to her hubby, "screw your courage to the sticking place," when she's trying to get him to man-up to the king-killing scheme? Is this about Gaston's idea of himself as the very paradigm of masculinity? Or, does the line undermine his masculinity because it is originally spoken by a woman who wishes for masculine attributes? And why Macbeth in the first place? Is it just because this line sounds cool or is there some meaning behind the allusion to this particular play? Are we supposed to understand that sorceress who puts the curse on the Prince as dangerously similar to one of the Weird Sisters--a woman-who-screws-with-men? Or is she, by contrast, a nice lady who's just teaching the selfish Prince a valuable lesson? I NEED SOME ANSWERS, PEOPLE!!!!!!!

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