I know I'm awesome
I'm on a villain appreciation kick right now and since the blatant drainage of all charisma from his character in the remake is still fresh in my memory I figured I give Gaston some props. Some people would call a lame villain but I actually think he's really cool and these are some reasons why.
He's Hans from ফ্রোজেন done right. Subversion of ডিজনি trends is the name of the game in modern DP films, but like I've been saying, ডিজনি Princess চলচ্চিত্র have been subverting and reinventing themselves before ডিজনি Princess even became a brand. In the Little Mermaid, the princess rescues and pursues the prince and obviously in আলাদীন the prince is the তারকা instead of the princess, but BatB is probably the most in depth subversion of a ডিজনি convention.
The contrast between the dashingly handsome seemingly "prince-esque" Gaston and the vicious scary seemingly "villain-esque" Beast was a clever way to turn the whole Prince Charming archetype on it's head. In the beginning of the film Gaston looks like the ideal man, strong, confident, জনপ্রিয় but Belle sees the malicious ways behind his glorified macho facade. As Belle's rejection slowly drives Gaston insane, the Beast slowly reveals the goodness behind his hideous exterior.
Speaking of Belle's rejection, Gaston is a pretty realistic character, watch serial killer documentaries and you'll see how rejection is a trigger for a lot of them. He's also a good representation of how evil and dangerous modern school bullies can be. How he basically uses his influence and popularity to goad the townspeople into following his lead, just like how ganging up teens today can lead to tragic conclusions. Watch any high school movie with a কুইন bee/mean girl and it's basically the same thing.
পূর্ববর্তি DP villains highlighted the detrimental aspects of femininity. (vanity, jealousy, spite) As the first male DP villain, I think it's fitting that Gaston highlights the detrimental aspects of masculinity. He's ego driven and his ego easily bruised. He's unnecessarily violent and aggressive. And behind his muscular physique, he's really just conniving coward that begs for his life once the Beast has the upper hand.
Like a lot of ডিজনি characters, I think Gaston is an almost frightening representation of real life issues, regarding the power of popularity. He has a large grouip of people wrapped around his finger and he uses their fear, ignorance and মেষ mentality to do dangerous things. He can be harmless on a good দিন but the মিনিট he doesn't get his way, he turns into a monster and even worse, he turns others into his minions. Now that's all too real.
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