Movie Review – MALEFICENT

5 thoughts on “Movie Review – MALEFICENT”

  1. What I found interesting is how Maleficent basically cursed herself to love Aurora. She says in the midst of her curse that everyone will love her. She couldn’t resist it. It almost seems as if Maleficent didn’t really become a better person, but rather subject to a spell.
    I also feel like this was an attempt to match the successes of Gregory Maguire’s Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West. I am a huge Wicked fan because of Maguire’s clear talent to make Elphaba’s (the wicked witch) life parallel with Baum’s The Wizard of Oz is genius. I don’t know if the similar idea was intentional, but I felt it was. & I feel as if Maleficent failed greatly.

    1. I hadn’t thought about the curse aspect of it, that’s actually pretty interesting, but the fact that they don’t actually play with that idea means it was probably unintentional.

      As for the WICKED parallel, that is *totally* intentional. It’s so clear that Disney *desperately* wants the film rights to WICKED, whether you want to look at their own WIZARD OF OZ prequel (OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL), the casting of Idina Menzel and the thematic similarities of FROZEN, and now this. Unfortunately, while OZ was charming but forgettable, and FROZEN was a straight-up masterpiece, MALEFICENT is an incoherent, inept piece of trash.

      1. Good to know. I hope they never get rights. I think they could make a decent film. But I fear they will hire some ridiculous actors like Zac Efron to be Fiyero, which would just make me cry.

      2. Now that’s a rather silly worry, considering that Zac Efron isn’t really affiliated with Disney anymore.
        Personally, I’d love to see Disney roll with the film rights to Wicked. Alright, let me rephrase that: I’d love to see Disney roll with the film rights to Wicked IN THE WAY THAT I want them to. I got persuaded by a fan-made storyboard a while back that Wicked has potential to make an awesome traditionally animated film. So I think if someone were to bring the story to the screen, that’s the way I’d want to see it done. I’ve already seen it performed onstage in the flesh, a traditionally animated production of it could be something delightfully different.

      3. Wicked could be fun as an animated film, though Frozen covers a lot of the same ground in many ways. I think Wicked could make a great film, and maybe even Disney could do good work with it, but their current track record with live action has been spotty at best.

        Besides, from all accounts it sounds like they’re currently butchering Into the Woods (it could end up good, but everything I’m hearing sounds REALLY bad), so perhaps another studio would be better equipped to translate the play to screen.

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