Recently, I was talking with a friend about the new film Beauty and the Beast, directed by Bill Condon (Twilight series, Dream Girls). We had a discussion about Disney and their films, and it made me think about our culture and if Christians should support these movies. Sharing one’s perspective on whether or not to buy into the most popular movies of our society is simply food for thought and is something to consider; I’m not stating I haven’t supported them or that I won’t. I found this idea of looking at these films through the lens of spiritual discernment very interesting to think about and wanted to share about it with the PI community to get a conversation going.
Most people are aware of Disney movies and how they always portray the two sides of our fallen earth with the battle of good and evil. Much of Disney’s animation includes the casting of spells, witchcraft and, in this particular film, the young maiden or popular princess falling for “the beast.” In the Book of Revelation, chapter 13, in the Bible, the Beast is known as the devil and the anti-Christ. When I thought of Belle falling for “the Beast,” I never looked at it in a spiritual way and it never had crossed my mind when deciding if I wanted to go and see the film. I am not saying believers should or should not go; it’s just something to pray about and is interesting to look into.
After having this controversial discussion with my friend about whether I should support the adored movie from my childhood that I was so excited to see, I did ponder the fact that the princess falls for the Beast. Is this analysis being overly spiritual or are we so accustomed to the magic that we bypass blatant witchcraft? It’s hard to say, because even in the Bible there were sorcerers who copied Moses and were successful in their magic (Exodus 7:11).
We are also warned in the Bible about refraining and abstaining from the occult. The Oxford Dictionary definition of occult is “supernatural, mystical, or magical beliefs, practices, or phenomena.” In Deuteronomy 18 verses 10-13, it says, “There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord. And because of these abominations, the Lord your God is driving them out before you. You shall be blameless before the Lord your God.”
It is common knowledge, especially to the believer and follower of Jesus, that Hollywood and even the enemy can be very sneaky and can desensitize culture without us even knowing what we are watching. This rings true for the majority of entertainment—for example, the music industry. We’ve all seen the slippery slope of the envelope being pushed with entertainers—for example, the blasphemy as seen in Lady Gaga’s “Judas” and Jay-Z’s anti-Christ rap in “New York” with Alicia Keys.
Ultimately, I ended up seeing the new Beauty and the Beast, and it was very well made in my opinion. From the special effects to the singing, the score, the costume design and the storyline, it was even more thorough than the Disney cartoon.
The movie accumulated over $341.8 million domestically in ticket sales, and overseas it made over $409 million, totaling about $751 million. The film is highly succeeding at the box office and is gaining more sales than The Jungle Book (2016), and even did better than Cinderella (2015).
Here’s the plot of the Beauty and the Beast 2017 movie: “Belle (Emma Watson), a bright, beautiful and independent young woman, is taken prisoner by a beast (Dan Stevens) in its castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the beast’s hideous exterior, allowing her to recognize the kind heart and soul of the true prince that hides on the inside.”
According to IMDB (the International Movie Database), the film is “an adaptation of the fairy tale about a monstrous-looking prince and a young woman who fall in love.”
[Images: Walt Disney Pictures]
PI Girls, do you think it is okay to support fantasy films such as Harry Potter and Disney films such as Beauty and the Beast, or do you think that is supporting the occult? Comment below—I want to hear from you!