Quotes: US MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

?Maleficent? exposes roots of Disney?s wicked witch  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - Khaleej Times - 30/05/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!



(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) ?maleficent? released on friday in the united states amounts to a towering tribute to jolie who produces and stars in the film about the disney witch with unlimited powers.

this image released by disney shows angelina jolie as maleficent left in a scene with her daughter vivienne jolie-pitt portraying young aurora in a scene from "maleficent."

the wicked witch who has haunted generations of children in sleeping beauty has been brought grippingly to life by angelina jolie in a modern retelling seeking to humanize the fairytale she-devil.

“maleficent” released on friday in the united states amounts to a towering tribute to jolie who produces and stars in the film about the disney witch with unlimited powers.

with a haughty bearing curved horns and razor-sharp cheekbones the 38-year-old actress embodies in all its glory the character drawn by legendary animator marc davis in the original 1959 classic.

“it was both a great pleasure and an extreme challenge to have such an extraordinary original. and we wanted to make sure we did justice to it” jolie told a recent press conference in paris.

“i was scared of her but i loved her. i was fascinated by her when i was a child so i didn’t want to do anything that would not be good enough for all the people that had responded to her over the years” she added.

“maleficent” aims to be both a retelling of the fairytale — albeit taking several eyebrow-raising artistic liberties — and an exploration of her past to show what made her so cruel.

“i think it’s nice to use these stories that we are familiar with to try to touch on deeper and bigger themes” said jolie.

“she remains a villain but there’s just maybe more to her. i think it’s an interesting message for children because kids are drawn to dark things. they are drawn to things that scare them.”

she added: “the goal was not just to entertain children or retell the story. the goal was to try to see these deeper things of really understanding who somebody was not judging them just by just what they seem to be.”

robert stromberg directing for the first time after winning two oscars in art direction — for “avatar” and “alice in wonderland” — agrees it would have been boring to make a film simply about a wicked witch.

“we could have made a movie that was just evil sorceress but it’s very one-dimensional” he told afp. “what we wanted to do is make the character more human in many ways.

“so to me the interesting part was to ask questions of why is she so bad why is she so angry where does she come from?”

the filmmakers were aware however that the liberties they take with the story could prove distracting. to minimize this they filled the film with references — aesthetic historical — linking it directly to the disney classic.

thus for example the scene where princess aurora is cursed to eternal sleep when she is christened follows astonishingly closely the equivalent scene from the 1959 animated film.

“we had to have the christening scene which is the center point of the film. we had to have that work. that iconic moment in the film is when we all recognize that this is the character that we all know and love from the disney classic” said stromberg.

“we shot that scene word for word from the animated classic. and it was angelina’s idea.”

in the end more than maleficent herself it is the men around her who are shown in a less than favorable light.

the all-too-perfect prince phillip (played by brenton thwaites) and the cruel king stefan (played by south african actor sharlto copley from “district 9” and “elysium”) are lightweights compared to jolie’s magnificent maleficent.

“it’s interesting because it does make you wonder about what the male role in society is” copley told afp.

his own character “is a cautionary tale to a certain type of male behavior: dominance and ambition and greed. it’s not only restricted to men but by large a lot of that in the world is male dominated” he added.

for more news from khaleej times follow us on facebook at facebook.com/khaleejtimes and on twitter at ?khaleejtimes


 






  MENA News Headlines
 Jul 26 2014 - TAQA quits USD1.6b power plant deal with IndiaMENAFN
(MENAFN) Abu Dhabi National Energy (TAQA) backs off of a USD1.6 billion deal to buy two hydroelectric power plants from Indian Jaiprakash Power Ventures, Gulf Daily News reported.TAQA told Jaiprakash ...

 Jul 26 2014 - Dubai's Aramex profit up 12 percent in Q2MENAFN
(MENAFN) Dubai logistics firm Aramex reported a 12 percent rise in second-quarter net profit, driven by growing revenue in its core Gulf market, Gulf Daily News reported.According to a bourse filing, ...

 Jul 26 2014 - Qatar's Barwa second-quarter losses hit USD11.8mMENAFN
(MENAFN) Barwa Real Estate, Qatar's largest listed property developer, has registered an USD11.8 million net loss in the second quarter, Gulf Daily News reported.The second-quarter drop was compared ...

 Jul 26 2014 - KOC signs three USD2.34b worth contractsMENAFN
(MENAFN) The Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) signed contracts worth USD2.34 billion to build three collection centers in the company's areas of operations, QNA reported.KOC's first contract, worth USD685 ...

 Jul 26 2014 - McDonald's Japan halts sales of Chinese chicken after scandalArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) KYO: McDonald's said Friday that its restaurants in Japan had stopped selling products made with chicken from China in a marked widening of a scandal that saw expired meat sold ...

 Jul 26 2014 - Two soldiers two cops die in Pakistan attacksArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) LAMABAD: A bomb killed at least two Pakistani soldiers in the country's northwestern tribal district where the army is carrying out a major offensive against Taleban militants ...

 Jul 26 2014 - EU reaches preliminary deal on Russia economic sanctionsArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) USSELS: European Union ambassadors reached a preliminary agreement on Friday to push ahead with hard-hitting economic sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis but details ...

 Jul 26 2014 - West Africa Ebola death toll reaches 660: WHOArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) NEVA:The death toll in West Africa's Ebola outbreak has risen to 660 with the number of cases surpassing 1000 the World Health Organization said Friday.WHO spokesman Paul Garwood ...

 Jul 26 2014 - WHO seeks humanitarian corridor to evacuate victims of Zionist barbarityArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) NEVA: The World Health Organization (WHO) called on Friday for a humanitarian corridor to be set up in Gaza to allow aid workers to evacuate the wounded and bring in life-saving ...

 Jul 26 2014 - US dolls were meant to spread cheer not chillArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) N CLEMENTE California: They sent a creepy feeling through several Southern California families but authorities say the person who left porcelain dolls on doorsteps didn't mean ...

more...


 






Google

Click to Apply

 
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network
Arabic MENAFN

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

IPO News
Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

US Markets Details

Commodoties

Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks
 

Algeria 
Bahrain 
Egypt 
Iraq
Jordan 
Kuwait 
Lebanon
Morocco 
Oman 
Palestine
Qatar 
Saudi Arabia 
Syria
Tunisia 
UAE 
Yemen

Weather
Investment Game
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary

My MENAFN
Portfolio Tracker

Voting

Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor

Events

Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters


 
© 2000 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help