Maleficent is the first movie I’ve ever seen twice in the cinema. Clearly I like it 1000. I saw it again last night (first time was on Saturday, noted in my previous Maleficent post).
I was very taken by details such as the rustling forest sounds in stereo, different flowers in Aurora’s hairstyles (and in the Moors: lupins, foxgloves, hyacinths, agapanthus…), evolving outfits, Thistletwit giving her wish to baby Aurora while blowing dandelion seeds, and that the younger Maleficent even sports the same over-eyebrow mole as Jolie.
“Don’t listen to him Balthazar, you are classically handsome.” – Maleficent to Balthazar after he is insulted by Stefan.
“A king does not take orders from a winged elf!” – King Henry to Maleficent as they prepare for battle.
“What have you done to my beautiful self?” – Diaval to Maleficent after she first works her magic on him.
My friend (who has disdain for “popular” movies and rails against the sad and disappointing closing of the Arc Cinema) said his take on the movie was “A triumph for makeup”. He hadn’t seen Sleeping Beauty so I think that contributes to his response.
We went to Palace Electric, which has lots to look at like this ceiling work (above), which sort of has a sky-ocean relationship with the honeycomb tiles underneath. Jen has captured a much nicer angle of the ceiling. It isn’t by an individual artist, but was sourced from a Swedish company.
Other works in the area are listed by the Molonglo Group.
Some Maleficent spoilers from here: I was left with the same questions that I had on my first viewing:
“That’s a lovely gift…” Queen Leila to Maleficent as she weaves her spell on Aurora.
Today I watched Maleficent. Just as The Australian Women’s Weekly rated Sleeping Beauty in 1960, I give it 3/3 stars for Excellent (article through Trove). The stories have the same haunting music of Tchaikovsky and green smoke clouds. Fauna, Flora and Merryweather are godmothers in the original movie, with a shift to being Aunties in the newer movie.
Lana Del Rey’s version of “Once Upon a Dream” is childhood made decadent, do stay during the credits.
New Films. (1960, May 4). The Australian Women’s Weekly (1933-1982), p. 82.