This post contains spoilers.
I never had high hopes for Maleficent. Much of the production team, including the writer, had worked on Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, a film that combined bafflingly ugly visuals with an insultingly insipid script. It seemed from the start as if Maleficent would be cast in the same mold.
The visual elements of Maleficent range from hideous to…okay. The visuals are entirely derivative: they evoke not just previous films from the same team—the aforementioned Alice and Oz the Great and Powerful—but also Avatar, Lord of the Rings, Bridge to Terabithia, Princess Mononoke, and—predictably—Snow White and the Huntsman.
[As an irrelevant(?) aside, Snow White also contains an obvious visual homage to Princess Mononoke. It may just be that it’s impossible for anyone to make a movie that features humans encroaching on a magical fairyrealm without thinking of the latter film.]
The trappings of the story are also tired and trite: Spurned love. An evil despot. The aforementioned encroachment on a saccharine “natural” realm, portrayed in the ham-fisted manner of Fern Gully rather than with the care and nuance of Princess Mononoke. The movie was clearly mutilated in editing and the gaps in the narrative were shamelessly papered over with intrusive voiceover narration.
I absolutely loved it.
The amazing thing about the Toy Story trilogy is the fact that they waited 10 years to conclude the story, so that a story about nostalgia made you feel nostalgic towards the original content.
(Source: awkwardlyobnoxious, via southernscarecrow)
CAN WE TALK ABOUT THIS FOR A SECOND? Because this is my favorite part in the whole movie. Mulan is back to wearing traditionally feminine clothing, and Shan Yu is mocking her “Looks like you’re out of ideas.”
BUT Mulan is all FUCK NO and disarms that asshole with a GODDAMN SYMBOL OF FEMININITY.
NOT TODAY SHAN YU. NOT TODAY.
(Source: tomhazeldine, via southernscarecrow)