Maleficent Kisses Goodbye to Evil

Maleficent.  What can I say? As you likely know (because everyone is raving about it), the styling of the movie was impeccable.  The medieval glamour was fabulous.  You can’t help but stare in awe at the beautiful settings.  Medieval glam is an upcoming trend that I’m in love with.  The animation on the other hand was hideous. I have absolutely no clue why the animator chose to be so disgusting.  Even the “pretty” characters where gross.

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BUT WHY?

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Maleficent’s new backstory was punctured with sorrow and hatred, which I loved.  It gave her character a new soft side.  Angelina Jolie’s performance was fabulous.  Her cold stare can churn your stomach.  Elle Fanning did a fine job, Aurora was love able enough.  And the character of King Stefan (Stefan Copley)?  Much darker than you might have imagined, his paranoid mind was fascinating to watch.  Copley does a wonderful job.  The fairies raising Aurora were so horribly annoying that they could have been cut from the movie entirely.

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What KILLED me about this adaptation was Maleficent losing her power.  I love when she turns into a dragon in the 1959 film, here they gave that transformation to her man servant.  Maleficent learns that hate is not her path and that to me is just so predictable.  Do you think Maleficent deserved to be stripped of her title as villainess?   Overall, it’s worthwhile to see a new spin on  the old tale, especially when it is as beautifully done as this.

 

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P.S. Have you seen this beautiful Maleficent artwork by Nicholas Kole?


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Aurora: Back in Disney’s Good Graces

Before Maleficent, it seemed that Aurora was nobody’s favorite princess.  She never had her own merchandise and, when featured on the princess line-up, she was typically in the back among Pocahontas and Mulan.  Yet with the rising popularity of Maleficent and all related tales, Aurora may finally be getting her long deserved attention!

Disney has leaked photos of an upcoming collection, Art of Aurora.

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Love the extra details of the birds on the handle!  This is going to be similar to last years Art of Ariel collection, including mugs, notebooks, t-shirts, etc.

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It even went along with the release of beautiful 17″ Ariel, Eric, and Ursula dolls.

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Disney has announced that there will be a limited edition 17″ Aurora doll, which I think will be just as detailed as the Ariel pictured.  It is also rumored that there will be a surprise Maleficent doll released along with the Aurora LE doll.  What do you think of Aurora and her recent attention- deserved or over-hyped?

Cinderella 2015 Excitement!!!

cindy Cinderella is all set to be released March 13, 2015!  A synopsis found on IMDB states that it will be the same story, except that “there is the dashing stranger [Cindy] meets in the woods… unaware that he is really a prince”.  Sound familiar?  That’s because it’s the story of Sleeping Beauty!  Ugh.

Lily James of Downton Abbey is set to play Cinderella, which I have no opinion on yet.  However if she is on Downton Abbey, I have faith that she’ll be a wonderful actress with all the grace of a princess.

BUT THE PRINCE! THE PRINCE YOU GUYS!!! The prince is being played by Richard Madden, as in Robb Stark of Game of Thrones.  I am literally so excited, he is super attractive and an excellent actor.  I think he will fit the aesthetic of the movie very well.

The teaser trailer itself doesn’t reveal much besides a glittering shoe with a golden butterfly.  The shoe, in my opinion, is awkwardly high.  The proportions seem off, but I felt that the butterfly was a nice touch.