Sunday, June 1, 2014

Thoughts on "Maleficent"

Still frame from Maleficent.

(Spoilers for Maleficent follow.)

(Also seriously, when I say thoughts, I mean disjointed sentence fragments.)


Those prosthetic cheekbones. The art directors really knew how to live-action!elf.


Oh my god, Sleeping Beauty's castle was Sleeping Beauty's castle all along.


I spent most of the movie expecting a downer ending — I mean, everyone knows how the original story ended for Maleficent, right? Ratcheted up the tension considerably, as I was constantly caught between Oh no, how is she going to die? and Disney wouldn't kill a protagonist, right? Even an antihero....

Generally speaking, loved all the little reversals of the original story, the carefully handled subversion of the stock-standard witches, bad; kings, good fairy tale trope, and in general all the depth the characters ended up with.


Baelfire and Elphaba begin their illicit romance. Still frame from Maleficent.

OH MY GOD THEY PULLED A FROZEN

I am so happy about Disney's recent track record on subverting the slightly narrow traditional tropes re: the nature of love.

I am particularly loving how the two characters who aren't related by blood.


Alan Rickman is Hans Gruber.