Before you join in on “The Mob Song”

Beauty and the Beast has hit theaters, and all of us who grew up with the animated version having been waiting in anticipation for the LIVE VERSION to come out! We were given an amazing cast made up of Emma Watson (Harry Potter, The Bling Ring), Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey), Luke Evans (Dracula, The Hobbit), Josh Gad (Frozen, Pixels), Sir Ian McKellen (Lord of the Rings, X-Men), Ewan McGregor (Moulin Rouge, Star Wars), Emma Thompson (Love Actually, Sense and Sensibility), and SO many more fantastic actors that I would be writing for days.

Anyways, for those that know and love the story was in for a spectacular treat with this version of a tale as old as time. The backbone of the animated version is there throughout the entire film, but the slight changes that they made to the story and songs made this movie something to write about. Another reason to write about this movie is because of the controversy that has been blowing up Christians’ Facebook and other sorts of social media since the premiere of this movie.

Let me first dive into some of the memorable moments in the  movie that allowed me to enjoy, and declare that right now this is probably my favorite movie of 2017. I will also go ahead and say that this movie will probably win or at least get nominated for an Oscar. There is no way that it can’t, and if it doesn’t then The Academy has lost its marbles.

Favorite Moments in the Movie (Warning some spoilers are ahead)

  1. The Music
    If you previewed the soundtrack before you went to see the movie, like I did, then you may have not been too impressed with some of the vocals. Let me ease your minds and tell you that the music will evermore be something I love to listen to! It was so great to actually feel like I was watching a musical. That’s one reason this movie is magical. It allows you to feel like you’re in a theater watching a play. One part is the ending when you know that the actors are having their curtain call and you want to stand and give them a standing ovation
  2. Belle and the Beast
    When you watch the animated movie, you don’t really feel the love that the Beast and Belle have for each as they get to know one another. When the song “Something There” starts you start to get that giddy feeling you get when watching a romance. When I watch the animated film it doesn’t feel that way. Dan Stevens and Emma Watson did a fantastic job!
  3. Changing of lyrics
    If you think about the time period of this movie, then you appreciate the fact that the writers decided to put that in the script. For example, in singing “Gaston” Le Fou tries to spell Gaston’s name, but because he is living in the 1700s and is not of royal blood he probably didn’t receive a proper education so he can’t spell Gaston’s name. It’s the small humor parts like that add to the movie
  4. Backstory
    I’m going to write was added, but let me say this the additive backstory for some of the characters add depth to them. You understand why Gaston is a beast, how the beast lost his way, and why Belle is so strong.

Those are just a few parts of the story that made me smile and fall in love with entire movie. Now to the part that most have been up in arms about: Le Fou. For those that don’t know, Le Fou is portrayed as being gay, and Christians around the nation have been in heated debates about whether or not to take their children or to even go to the movie themselves because of this added plot line.

First off, if you actually go and watch the movie you can barely see it. Unless you have taught your children about the LBGT community, then more than likely they will not even notice. It’s us adults that will see that plot line. SO CHILL!

Secondly, Le Fou actually has character development in the story that you SHOULD teach your children about. What I’m talking about is how you should teach them about choosing friends carefully. In both movies, Le Fou in the beginning goes along with everything Gaston does and says. However, in this updated version he has a conscience and starts to question his friend’s motives and actions. So you want to talk about Le Fou? Tell your children how he was choosing the wrong friend to hang out with, but then decide to make the right decision.

Lastly, make this movie a learning tool. Teach your children that the LBGT community are people like us. We don’t have to like the choices they make, but you know what? Should we like movies that have people lying it, how about movies with infidelity, or what about movies about murder? Do you boycott those? I bet you don’t, so get over it. Love everyone and let God be the judge. Be thankful that He is the ultimate judge cause that is one tough job. Those that are a part of that community are some of the sweetest people I know. I don’t have to hate the sinner just the sin.

All in all this movie was everything I had hoped it would be and more. I felt like a little girl again, and it even had elements in there for adult me. Disney did a FANTASTIC job on bringing this story to life! (I even teared up here and there throughout the movie) Beauty and the Beast (2017) will be a moment that lasts forever!

Let’s Talk Red Cups and Starbucks

As you all have probably heard today, there are a lot of people upset with Starbucks. Now let’s be real, how many times a day do you think Starbucks hears complaints? A lot is my guess. However, this complaint has gone viral, and unless you live under a rock then you already know what I’m talking about.

So for those of you who do live under a rock, I am talking about Starbucks’ new holiday cup. You know their famous red cups that for some ring in the holiday season. Instead of coming up with a festive design, Starbucks went extremely simple and came out with a red cup with their logo. You might be scratching your head at why this is such an upset. Well for some Christians this was a stand against Christianity. As a Christian here are my two cents (well maybe more than that) about those red cups.

To begin with, I’m a Christian and whether Starbucks decides to put a Christmas theme on their cups or not is not why I celebrate this festive season or the meaning behind it. Now if they start throwing hateful messages on the cups against Christians, then my attitude might change, but they are not going to be the ones to ruin my Christmas spirit because they decide to go with a plain red cup. To be honest, I hardly noticed at all. I was just excited the pretty red cups were out to ring in the festive season!

Second, instead of looking at it as a war against Christian, why not look at the plain red cup as something pure. Think about it, what color was Jesus’ blood when He bled on the cross? It certainly wasn’t blue! It was red, and what does that blood do for our sins? It cleanses us. So in a way Starbucks has supported the Christian thought in that they used a pure red cup, pure from anything except for their logo. Hebrews 13:12 states “And so Jesus also suffered outside the city gate to make the people holy through his own blood.” 1 John 1:7 also states “But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from all sin.” As you can see, the color red can symbolize the pure blood of Jesus that cleanses us of our sins.

Thirdly, if you are basing your Christianity and Christmas spirit from a red cup, then you need to seriously reevaluate your Christian walk and why would you let some company steal away your Christmas spirit? There’s something my mom always asks me when my attitude is in the wrong. She always asks me, “Why are you letting them control you?” So I ask those of you who are upset, why are you letting them control you and take away your Christmas spirit? Do you really think it bothers them? No, cause they are still going to continue to make coffee and sell coffee.

Lastly, I understand that Starbucks has had a lot of backlash from Christians before. Trust me there was many times that I almost boycotted one of my favorite coffee shops. Not because of the prices, but because there are some of their beliefs that I don’t agree with. That being said, I did get a chance to talk to someone who is a Christian working for the company while I was in college. I asked him what thought about Starbucks’ stance on some issues that disagree with the Christian belief and how he handles working for a company that goes against his beliefs, and what he said has stayed with me. He told me that even though their beliefs are not his own, there is so much good that Starbucks does that outweighs the bad. For example, they help those in developing countries obtain jobs.

So my challenge for you, and in the spirit of Christmas is to look on the bright side. Look for the good in this. See how the red cups can be a symbol for Jesus’ blood that cleanses. Research the good causes that Starbucks supports. Instead of focusing on the bad, focus on the good, because even Jesus ate with tax collectors, prostitutes, and those that the religious leaders deemed evil.