The Mako Mori test is passed if the movie has a) at least one female character b) who gets her…
Awaken to a World of Wonders!
A beautiful princess born in a faraway kingdom is destined by a terrible curse to prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and fall into a deep sleep that can only be awakened by true love's first kiss. Determined to protect her, her parents ask three fairies to raise her in hiding. But the evil Maleficent is just as determined to seal the princess's fate.
I watched this as a prelude to seeing Maleficent, for the first time since I was a very young child. At a scant 75 minutes, its plot is too simple and iconic to forget. But what leapt out at me, viewing the film as an adult, is how thinly-disguised its explorations of patriarchal sexuality are.
Because, really, who wins in the end? The two kings, one of whom assigns his young son to marry the other's newborn girl, in a move to consolidate their two kingdoms. I don't know if I'd say that Aurora has come out the victor here.
Maleficent explicitly stands in as the Lucifer figure of the story, but as Paradise Lost teaches us, is Lucifer really…
Review In A Nutshell:
By this point, Disney has solidified their significant place in both cinema and the minds of its young viewers. During Sleeping Beauty’s release in 1959, 22 years have passed since the debut Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, and since then, their initial audience have grown and have started their own families, a new generation of children to appreciate the works of Walt Disney. The company understood that their audience doesn’t feature the same mindset they once had, the same could be said for the recent efforts of Disney’s filmography when compared to their Renaissance days; the minds of the youth has become more sophisticated and cinema itself has expanded since the 1930s, achieving far more…
If you take Maleficent out of this movie this whole film would have been easily forgettable with the bland love couple that to be honest do we really care about it? Sleeping Beauty herself was pretty boring and the price was even worst, but that's just me.
Somehow, in all my years of watching Disney films as a kid (and now as an adult), I've never once watched Sleeping Beauty nor had any real idea of what the story was about. Was it too 'girly' to watch growing up? I've heard the memorable Once Upon A Dream song hundreds of times through CDs and Sing-Along-Songs on VHS, so it was pretty cool to see it now with some context.
What hit me the most was how the film was not about this 'sleeping beauty' Princess Aurora at all, but the three fairies Flora, Fauna and Merryweather who take care of Aurora to hide her from the evil and powerful Maleficent. This Mistress of Evil casts a spell…
New Years Resolution See 700 Films in 2014 (At Least 400 Must Be New)
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Film 23 of Remember the Magic
I think everyone has that classic Disney princess film. For my girlfriend it is "Cinderella", for my sister is it "Mulan" and for me it has to be "Sleeping Beauty".
I cannot overly put my finger on why I love this film. Maybe it is just how different the animation style is. Maybe it is just how perfectly evil Maleficent is. Maybe it is just the feeling of joy I get everytime I hear "Once Upon a Dream". It could just be all of that. The three fairies are fantastic and still make me laugh…
Visually arresting as fuck.
It may be a cliche to start a review for Sleeping Beauty by discussing the visual appeal of the film, but in the end I simply don't give a damn. What a spectacular world on display for the viewer to take in here. At times it is more akin to watching a painting on the move than a mere animated film. The depth in every frame here is mesmerizing and has the unique ability to catapult the viewer deep into that forest. A true work of art in every sense of the word.
My second stop in this review will be focused on the tunes. While "Once Upon a Dream" is the stand-out here and deserving…
One of the better classic Disney feature films in my opinion. I enjoyed it a bit more than Snow White and Cinderella. The "sidekick" characters were far less annoying than the mice in Cinderella or the bumbling dwarfs in Snow White. Aurora had a semblance of a personality, but was still a little uninteresting - and really wasn't in much of the movie or do much of anything. It was really more about the Three Good Fairies and Maleficent.
But I loved the forest scenes, they were absolutely gorgeous.
While no easier than many classic Disney films to sit through while a sober adult, it has a really excellent villain, and as a side benefit a first-class dragon. If you have kids under 8, see if they wet themselves when the dragon gets going.
I just love happy endings
Alright lets get out the Disney princess check list:
Some kind of enchantment or curse: check
An ability to communicate with animals: check
Falling in love with the prince way to quickly: big check here
A unredeemable villain: oh yeah
And one or two dead parents: no? Ha I guess they forgot that one
Actually Sleeping Beauty is a classic in the pantheon of Disney animation. I was shocked to find out it was the studios 16th feature but only it's 3rd princess film. In my house, with two little girls, I can't go five feet without seeing a Disney princess.
But the star here is not the princess, it's the villain. Maleficent is…
Many elements of the story had been forgotten since my childhood however the nostalgia of revisiting the tale will always bring a chord of happiness from within.
I had the opportunity to see a screening of the only Sleeping Beauty 70mm print in existence and it did not disappoint! Thank you to the Somerville Theatre and David Kornfeld!!
It's funny how the last ten minutes of the film focus solely on Phillip as he escapes Maleficent's prison, cuts his way through the endless thorns, battles and conquers a dragon, saves/awakens the kingdom and marries the princess; all without him uttering a single syllable.
In 70mm Technirama (Only print in existence)
An stained-glass window in motion. One of the most visually astonishing fantasies put to film, and absolutely breathtaking in 70mm.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Movies about/starring women. I originally started this list just as a reference for myself, but hopefully others will find it…