The first 1012 films are from The 1,000 Greatest Films list, and maintain the original order. The films that follow…
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…
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…
New Years Resolution See 700 Films in 2014 (At Least 400 Must Be New)
Film 167 out of 700
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…
Watched with my 7-year-old niece, who sarcastically repeated the line: "Poor King Stefan... and his wife", so I think she'll be alright.
It's a beautiful, cynical masterpiece about how humans are dumb playthings for fairies and our actions do not matter, but the fairies are kind enough to let us think they do.
La bella durmiente
It's definitely style over substance, but it's style at its best.
April Scavenger Hunt challenge #10: A film that was a hit before your mother was born.
I really dig the music in this movie. I am currently listening to Slipknot's debut album as I type this review up. Is it fair to say my musical tastes are insanely weird? Anyway, this is another classic Disney film that I never saw as I child. What is there to say about this film that hasn't already been said? My only real complaint is that despite being only an hour and fifteen minutes, the plot still feels stretched really thin. I would love to see a more complex version of this, with the lore expanded and everything. Maybe that already exists?
This is a good "damsel in distress" story filled with magic, music and Maleficent! I fell in love with this movie when I was a girl! The strangest part is I really liked the jealous Queen Maleficent just as much as Princess Aurora and "Prince Charming".
The best scenes to me were the fairy's battle of the dress and the battle between Maleficent and the Prince. Both were extremely memorable and funny. I still have an unused postcard I acquired at Epcot that has the battle scene of Maleficent as the Dragon & the Prince.
The songs aren't to bad... "Once Upon A Dream" to me is the best and a very beautiful song indeed! It was used in a most romantic moment in the film.
All in all the is film great! I do recommend this movie to anyone looking for their "Prince or Princess".
Best villain ever. And what Aurora lacks in agency, the film gains in sheer true beauty. She is Sleeping Beauty after all. And as far as female agency goes, Fauna, Flora, and Merrywether do more to alleviate her predicament than Prince Philip anyway.
Ich sage es wie es ist: Das hier muss der langweiligste, schlechteste und einfach lahmarschigste Disney Film sein, den ich jemals gesehen habe.
In diesem Streifen funktioniert (zumindest aus heutiger Sicht) einfach gar nichts. Die Story dümpelt ewig vor sich hin, ohne das irgendwas passiert. Die Antagonistin Malefiz ist nicht präsent. In der ersten Stunde taucht sie zwei Mal auf und hat keine 5 Minuten Screentime. Humor ist ebenfalls nicht vorhanden und das was als solcher durchgehen würde ist einfach sowas von angestaubt, dass kein Staubwedel der Welt da noch was retten kann. Die Charaktere sind einfach nur da, stellen nichts dar und können auch nichts. Als der Prinz am Ende aus der Gefangenschaft flieht und die Hexe besiegt und…
Not merely one of Walt Disney's most captivating masterpieces, but definitely his most visually bewitching! Based on Charles Perrault's 1697 fairy tale "La Belle au bois dormant", afterward an 1812 Brothers Grimm iteration named "Little Briar Rose", this beloved classic begins in a regal kingdom celebrating the christening of a newborn princess named Aurora, soon interrupted by the frightening appearance of the iniquitous sorceress Maleficent (voiced by Eleanor Audley) whom burdened the child with a foreboding spell. On her sixteenth birthday, during the sunset, Aurora will prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and fall into a sleeping death that will cease solely by true love's kiss. Preventing this from occurring entails the king and queen reluctantly…
Movies about/starring women. I originally started this list just as a reference for myself, but hopefully others will find it…
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!