What? Something not about Eurovision in some capacity? Well I’ve used the E-word but that’s it. I’ve almost forgotten what it’s like to write about anything else, it can’t have been that long though.
Anyway, films! Films are still a thing, and there’s a good one on the way, namely Disney’s “Maleficent”. Perhaps one of the most anticipated Disney films in a long while, it tells the story of the evil witch notorious for cursing Sleeping Beauty to fall into a coma after pricking her finger on a spinning wheel.
Don’t ask me to go deeper than that, I’ve only got sketchy memories of the original animated tale. But “Maleficent” looks at how she became that fearsome sorceress. I’m sure there’s a perfectly good explanation to it. I blame society! Well between this witch origin story and “Frozen” (basically Wicked’s songbook), I wonder if this isn’t the worst possible time to finally release a “Wicked” movie, but apparently that’s on the way now.
The trailer looks amazing anyway, Angelina Jolie is going to turn this into real Disney Noir. To accompany it, a darker re-work of the original Disney feature’s big fairytale song was created with the go-to girl for old-fashioned noir, Lana del Rey. As soon as it starts you know it’s an inspired choice – it’s still got that dreamy lullaby quality, but with that sinister undercurrent. Beautifully arranged, it does what the film hopes to do – reclaim a beloved work and show another, less obviously beautiful side to it without ruining the original.
I’m excited for the film, I’m not sure how it will turn out but it’s certainly one of the more intriguing upcoming films of 2014.