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.


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.