Friday, June 6, 2014
Maleficent by Robert Stromberg, 2014 (PG)
with Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning (Somewhere, We Brought a Zoo), Sharlto Copley, Lesley Manville (Another Year), Imelda Staunton (Sense and Sensibility, The Girl, Another Year, Harry Potter), Juno Temple (Mr. Nobody, Jack & Diane, The Dark Knight Rises, Kaboom), Sam Riley (On The Road, Jack & Diane), Brenton Thwaites
The untold story of Disney's most iconic villain from the 1959 classic "Sleeping Beauty." A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman with stunning black wings, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army of humans threatens the harmony of the land. Maleficent rises to be the land's fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers a ruthless betrayal - an act that begins to turn her pure heart to stone. Bent on revenge, Maleficent faces an epic battle with the king of the humans and, as a result, places a curse upon his newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Maleficent realizes that Aurora holds the key to peace in the kingdom - and to Maleficent's true happiness as well.
This movie is made by the guy who is behind a lot of the visual effects you've seen in late blockbusters, I can start making an endless list of all his credits, from The Hunger Games, Shutter Island, all the way back to the 90s with Star Trek... So his first movie as a director is POLISHED. It is visually beautiful from the carnation of the skin of Angelina Jolie and Sam Riley, to the amazing landscapes we are traveling through. Aside from that, the story is quite a surprising one, since it is not about evil being evil, and good good, as well as — in the latest tendency of Disney movies — understanding women, away from the need for men. The story is beautiful, the values are original, from getting to know the other, to forgiving and learning to change, and somehow giving yourself for something you believe is more important than yourself. In a world that is so selfishly driven, there is something to learn.