Friday, 1 May 2015
POPCORN REVIEW: MALEFICENT
Awakening a 'Sleeping Beauty' to Disney's latest live-action reboots of hits like 'Snow White', 'Cinderella', the forthcoming 'Beauty & Beast', an absolutely hilarious 'Saturday Night Live' skit of 'Bambi' starring The Rock and what we're sure will sooner than later come in the form of a Captain America like reawakening from ice for 'Frozen', comes 'Maleficent'. The return of an iconic villain in a franchise that has as many classic cruel characters as they do Mickey mice and the return of Angelina Jolie. One of the worlds most famous actresses, faces and half of the worlds most famous couple in a fabulous return to form. As soon as you see the iconic, horned sinewy shadow of Maleficent upon the castle walls, you know she and Disney have done it again...and if you need any better reason just wait until you hear that classic cackle. This just may be the best of the sleeping greats turned into genuine, real-life remakes and retellings of what happened once upon a time, offset by singing siren Lana Del Ray's haunting take on 'Once Upon A Dream', that puts a spell on us even more beautiful than her 'Great Gatsby' vintage gem (give her the Bond theme!). From dungeons to dragons this delightful dark fantasy has everything including Juno Temple as a pixie small fairy and Neil Blomkamp and our favourite character actor Sharlto Copley as an accented king. Still if anyone's taking the crown of horns from Jolie's moment than its Sleeping Beauty herself, as Elle Fanning and her contagious smile and happiness reminds us of the joy of what its like to be young, in a film that takes us back to the nostalgia of our hallmark, dream like past like only Disney can. Like the touch of true loves kiss, 'Maleficent' is magnificent! TIM DAVID HARVEY.