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My Review of Disney’s Maleficent

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Maleficent fan made poster Peter GilbertHaving waited what seems like an eternity for this film (as I have been a Maleficent fan long before it became cool), I approached my experience with as much of an open mind as I could muster. I am not a fan of Angelina Jolie (never have been), so I was not very enthusiastic when I heard they had cast her in the main role of my favorite villain of all time. In fact, I was quite upset. As the months went on and Disney released preview after preview, I began to come to terms with the casting and began to look forward to seeing the film more and more.

I went on opening day and saw the film in digital format (not in 3D) because I knew that if I saw it in the other formats there would be things that my eyes would likely miss due to the frame rate increase, and I wanted to see it ALL. I will go back and see it in other formats at a future date.

The Cast

In my opinion, Angelina nailed this role, although her acting does have limitations in one particular scene (you all will know which one I mean so I will not spoil it for you). That scene just felt underdone and a bit awkward, but in all seriousness she really did a good job with the rest of it. Her companion, Diaval (played by Sam Riley) was also done well. Sharlto Copley portrays Stefan with obsessive conviction and the efforts he displays in his scenes is almost palpable. Elle Fanning, our Aurora, does not quite measure up to the acting that Jolie displays when they share a scene together, but in other scenes (such as with the three fairies), she holds her own just fine. Other members of the cast simply do not compare to the lead characters, but it really does not matter thanks to the excellent storyline.

The Story

The twist on the classic Sleeping Beauty tale is something I would have written. After all, I have said for YEARS now that Maleficent is a hero and a villain and has been misunderstood. It is a great tale, indeed, and long overdue. This film is geared towards all ages, so adults may leave with the thought as I did that it would have been amazing if it had been even darker, but this way it will not frighten young viewers much if at all. I really would have made it darker so there would have been more contrast in the characters by the end of the film. It is sweet in parts, humorous in others, and very well crafted however.

The film is rated PG, however I would have no issue whatsoever taking my children, even young children (ages 6+) to the movie. There are only a couple of minimally frightening parts in the film and one bit of violence that you would need to discuss. It is comparable to PG with Marvel films or something on evening television, and good parenting opportunity always results from discussion, not sheltering. My children and all of the younger ones in the theater LOVED it!

The Sets, Cinematography, and Effects

The scenery and sets are fabulous. Seriously. The CG effects are amazing and all of the creatures are completely believeable. The exception to this, in my opinion, was the three fairies. They looked a bit too CG for my taste in more than one scene. I would not be surprised to see this film nominated for an Academy Award for some of it next year. I wanted to live in either kingdom by the end of the film.

The Music

The score by James Newton Howard is well done, but it is not so influential as to stand out on it’s own or able to overshadow the story, as in some films. It is comforting and relaxing in places and tense and strong in others. It fits, but it is not the high calibur of some past Disney films. I liked it because it did not take away from the focus of each scene. Great balance there.
The Costumes and Makeup

The costumes and the makeup are sensational throughout the film. Pay close attention to adult Stephan in particular! The transformations that were done are nothing short of amazing for all of the cast. Rick Baker will get most of the credit for makeup, but in reality there was a team of nearly fifty people working to get appearances right. Costumes were designed by Anna B. Sheppard and they are remarkable for Maleficent and other key characters.

I was glad that Disney treated my favorite villain with the respect and dignity that she deserves, and all women (men, you too) will be able to see the symbolism behind the story that translates to some of us in reality. There’s a reason she is my favorite, and this story is told to illustrate it.

My rating is 4.5 out of 5 stars. EVERY DISNEY FAN SHOULD GO SEE IT!

 

Meet Walt’s Basement’s Disney Forum Ambassadors

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Walt’s Basement Disney Forum Currently has four (4)

Ambassadors:

Duffy, Winnie The Pooh, Piglet, and Mickey Mouse!

Each Basementeer (Forum member) may request that one of the
Ambassadors visit them for a period of two (2) weeks, before sending
them on to another Basementeer.


While an Ambassador is visiting you and your family, you should take
lots of pictures and post them on their travel page so we can all see
what travels / adventures they have been on.

All four (4) Walt’s Basement Ambassadors have a Smartphone Pet ID

Tag with GPS.  These tags will help locate where the Ambassadors are,
if necessary.


Walt’s Basement Ambassador Introductions:

Duffy The Disney Bear:
My first adventures began on November 6, 2010, at Walt’s Basement
Grand Gathering, at Disneyland.  I have had some great adventures
and met some wonderful Basementeers.  I am adventurous and love to
travel, make new friends, and a very good listener / companion.  My
goal is to bring some happiness, some luck, and some love to all
Basementeers.

I love to go Geocaching and have a Geocache Trackable Travel Bug.

To sign up to be my host, click HERE.

To follow along on all my Travels / Adventures, click HERE.

Winnie The Pooh:


“Oh, bother”, my name is Winnie the Pooh and I am one of Walt’s
Basement newest Ambassadors.  I am always looking for a “smackeral
of hunny” and there is usually a “rumbly in my tumbly”.  Being one of
the newest Ambassadors I have not done a lot of traveling and it would
be an honor to meet you and your family and see the sights where you
live.

To sign up to be my host, click HERE.

To follow along on all my Travels / Adventures, click HERE.

Piglet:


My name is Piglet and I am the smallest Ambassador.  I would love to
come and visit with you and your family.  I love to travel, “I musn’t f – f
– f – fear!”, and share with everyone all the places I have been to.  Some
of the places I have visited are: Disneyland, Walt Disney World, and I
have even been on a Disney cruise.


I discovered a new hobby called Geocaching and have a Geocache
Trackable Travel Bug.

To sign up to be my host, click HERE.

To follow along on all my Travels / Adventures, click HERE.

Mickey Mouse:


“Oh, boy!” Mickey Mouse here and I am Walt’s Basement newest
Ambassador.  So far I have been able to visit a few families and have
already made some new friends here on Walt’s Basement.  Traveling is
one of my favorite things to do.  I am a pretty good photographer also.
Minnie says I take too many pictures, but I disagree.  “Gosh, meeting
and visiting you would be swell!”


To sign up to be my host, click HERE.

To follow along on all my Travels / Adventures, click HERE.

See Something Cool: A Real Wall-E

Would you like your own Wall-E?

Call Yourself A Nerd

Currently, it is Geek Week on YouTube and several of our favorite channels are pulling out all the stops to strut their stuff. The folks from Tested featured Mike McMaster who creates real life robots. Him and his group previously worked on a functional R2-D2, but now they are building a robot that has tugged at all our heart-strings.

From its namesake Pixar film, a real life Wall-E rolls out of the screen and into our world. With a little elbow grease, Mike has captured the CGI robot by constructing something you can play with.

Steamroll past the jump to watch the video.

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Disney D23 Expo: Ask For Something Weird

What are YOUR thoughts about D23? Are you going to attend? Wish you were attending?

For The Record

Preview image for this weekend’s big expo released by Marvel and Disney.

This weekend’s heavily anticipated Disney D23 Expo event is mostly anticipated for the potential of Star Wars: Episode VII news, but it would be foolish to ignore Marvel and Pixar, who no doubt have big things up their sleeves as well. It is the former who have released a promo image for the event, simply saying “Ask for something WEIRD”.

What this is alluding to is uncertain, but the official line says that if you ask you will “get your first look at an all-new project coming from Marvel and Disney!”

The most popular possibility would be a much sought after Doctor Strange announcement, with weird obviously a synonym for strange. Fans have been clamouring for a Strange film ever since Marvel Studios opened its doors, and it is heavily rumoured to be part of the Phase…

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Big Thunder Mountain Railroad DLR Rehab Update

Are you as excited as I am?

History of Mickey Mouse — Infographic

What do you think?

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M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E

I am not shy at all to admit that I am in love with a mouse.  I have always adored Mickey and millions of other around the world have as well — so much so that he has become instantly recognizable in every corner of the globe and a part of many cultures. But how did our hero rise from his humble beginnings as a replacement for Walt Disney’s lost character of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit to the superstar he is now?  Today’s inforgraphic traces his history and evolution from his “birth” in 1928 to present. [VIA]

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World Secrets: Jellyrolls Dueling piano bar near Disney’s Boardwalk Resort

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Our latest edition to our World Secrets Series is taking us to Jellyrolls! This adult-oriented facility provides a noisy – yet very FUN retreat for the 21 and up crowd.   Jellyrolls  is named after Jelly Roll Morton, a legendary jazz pianist, not a desssert. His real name was Ferdinand Joseph LaMothe – but that probably wouldn’t fit on the marquee quite as well.

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Depending on where you start out on Disney property,  you can get to Jellyrolls Piano Bar by boat, a bus, or even on foot. More on that later.

So what’s Jellyrolls like?  Well, it reminded me of Howl at the Moon, which is a similar piano bar located here in Orlando, and in 15 other locations across the country. What makes this different is it is at Disney, perhaps the only place in the world where you will hear a gritty-voiced piano man sing a song…

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