Mal Means Bad

Let's be clear on something from the get-go, I'm not a fan of these fairy tale adaptations that have apparently become the next big trend, along side juvenile post-apocalyptic dystopias. It's not that I don't feel that the stories are worth revisiting, or that there isn't anything new to be said within the confines of the story (for proof of that, read Snow, Glass Apples by Neil Gaiman). It's that none of the ones that have come out thus far have said anything new or different, and haven't been any good.

As if to prove my point, here is the first trailer for the very expensive (and from the looks it, they spent every dollar) Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie. It's marketed as giving the Wicked treatment to the Sleeping Beauty villain, but all this trailer shows us is that it's a live action version of the Disney animated version of the Sleepy Beauty tale, perhaps with more of a focus on the villain than the heroine. But what exactly about that is worth revisiting the story for? At least the horrid Snow White and the Huntsman tried to do something different with Snow White, but this looks to just hit the same notes as the Disney animators did fifty years ago, just with a grittier lens and more sever cheekbones.

And my gods that narration is redundant, isn't it?
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About MR. Clark

Adopting the descriptor of "successfully unpublished author", MR. Clark began writing things on the internet in 2012, which he believed to be an entirely reputable and civilized place to find and deliver information. He regrets much.


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