Sunday, June 01, 2014

Ode to Disney's Maleficent

A fairy needs wings.
Without them, she stings.
A fairy needs trust.
Betray her, she’ll bust.

Revenge will ensue.
A curse she will do.
But love comes along.
So can she be wrong?

And if that be true,
how can she undo
her curse so unfair
on someone so fair?  

Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie as the wicked fairy from “Sleeping Beauty,” deals with such serious themes as betrayal, revenge, love, and redemption. But the most impressive thing about this wonderful film involves its creative presentation. Practically every scene comes across like an intriguing work of art. That shouldn’t have surprised me, for Robert Stromberg makes his directorial debut here – and he already has two Oscars for art direction -- one for Alice in Wonderland (starring Johnny Depp) and the other for Avatar. Clearly, the visual appeal of the movie was uppermost in Stromberg’s mind. I admire this approach, because one of the elements I look for while watching a film is cinematic artistry, and Maleficent passes this test with flying colors. I also look for outstanding performances and a compelling story. Happily, Maleficent receives high marks from me in both areas 

Read the entire review at ReelTalk Movie Reviews. 

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