Friday, January 16, 2015

Cinema Cycle - Maleficent


CINEMA CYCLE
(Cardio Workout And Reviewing Movies At The Same Time)

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DATE: 01/16/2015

TITLE: Maleficent

FORMAT: Streaming (Google Play)

TIME RIDDEN / FILM LENGTH: 1 hour 37 minutes

DISTANCE RIDDEN WHILE VIEWING: 24 miles

TOTAL CINEMA MILES LOGGED: 948.1 miles

SYNOPSIS: A fairy kingdom and a kingdom of men battle with each other for supremacy.

CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: Screwing your ex spouse over custody of your child is the best revenge.  

PROS AND CONS: I had a bit of a love / hate relationship with this film.  It was great regarding the special effects and the visual aspects of the movie as well as watching Angelina Jolie play the the evil fairy dominatrix (seriously), but it was all eye candy and not much else.

I found the plot and lack of backstory a bit on the disturbing side.  This is a story about love, love lost, revenge, redemption, yada, yada, yada.  At it’s core is the storyline of Maleficent losing her heart and her wings to a bastard who only thinks of himself and advancing his career.  The young princess (Aurora played by Ella Fanning) is basically their love child (although not related through sex).  Maleficent curses the child to get back at her father for screwing her (figuratively).  

So basically, this is an updated Disney film for all the young girls that went to see the original animated “Sleeping Beauty”, but who have since grown up, had children and then gotten divorced and are now spitting nails at their ex’s over who gets more visiting time with the kid(s).

Some points were missing in the overall background that left a lot of gaps.  What were the origins of the fairy kingdom and why did the men hate it so much?  What were the origins of Maleficent and her background?  There was no mention of, nor hardly any visual of the Queen that was Aurora’s mother.  There was also no indication of whether or not the King and Queen had any emotional bond with the princess, which is all the more reason to assume that Aurora is Maleficent’s love child.  

To be fair this was an Angelina Jolie showcase, and I could watch her in black leather all day long.  But for a meaningful story with an arch that was original and unpredictable, this certainly did not hit the mark.  

To read an overview of this project, check out the initial post for this series.

Clicking on the title will take you to the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) entry for this film. 

This film was viewed while exercising on my recumbent cycle.  A summary of my time spent working out on my journey through movie-land can be found on Strava.com.

The summary of the project and a glimpse of what is coming up next can be found on my public LaserDisc spreadsheet.