Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty ★★

Iconic villain Maleficent reigns supreme in the otherwise snore-inducing ‘Sleeping Beauty’, where the titular character contributes little to the plot besides her looks and a song-and-dance routine with a total stranger in a forest - because she had seen him in a dream. Cute. The story somehow seeks to rise above its foundational fatalistic narrative (from prophecies to arranged marriages) while still relaxing comfortably into them to serve the grander agenda of Disney's romanticisations. The Judeo-Christian symbolisms, heavily-assisted hero who somehow was supposed to 'do it himself', and fairy wands as blowtorches gave us a good chuckle

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