I love pop culture references in my wardrobe. I own so many Disney movie still tops it’s a bit ridiculous and I’ve had to give some of them away or I’d only ever wear Ariel’s face on my chest. My biggest peeve about having pieces that represent my fandom is that they are usually T-Shirts or hoodies and they get tired. Sometimes I don’t want to wear jeans and a tee, you know? This Gremlins collection by Dropdead has a few tees, but they also have great prints in button-up shirts! Seriously! A Gizmo printed tunic style button up top?! Love it. This is probably the best pop-culture fashion mash-up I’ve seen so far this year.
I don’t think I liked Frozen for the same reasons that everyone else who likes it does. First, I don’t really enjoy the Oscar winning song “Let It Go”. Instead I play “Love Is An Open Door” on repeat at least three times a week.
I think the trolls were pointless. Anna annoys me. Elsa annoys me. Honestly, Olaf and Hans made that movie fun for me. Yup. The snowman and the sneaky, manipulative youngest Prince of the Southern Isles. I don’t think Elsa’s parents teaching her to fear herself and her powers was a good message and was easily some of the worst parenting I’ve seen. And the worst part is that they die so there is never an acknowledgement of the error of their ways, despite the fact that they isolated their own daughter and treated her like a monster. “Conceal, don’t feel” is most likely the beginning mantra of a sociopath.
In whole, I’m not in love with it. I of course appreciate that the “act of true love” wasn’t predictable and was really thoughtful, but that wasn’t enough to make me adore this movie. Olaf getting impaled? Now that was adorable.
I have been waiting for the release of this trailer since the project was first announced. However, I hate to say, this is not what I was hoping for. When I first heard of Disney making a movie about Maleficent, easily one of the most spectacular villains in all of Disney history, I felt rewarded and pleased. I have found Disney villains to be such great characters, and to really focus on one of the best seemed like such a great concept for a film. As details came to light, such as Paul Dini being a writer on it (He created Harley Quinn, a cosplay favorite, and wrote on the best Batman cartoon series of all time: Batman the Animated Series), I started to get even more excited. But after watching this trailer, I’m a bit worried.
Don’t take my hesitance as a sign of disinterest: I find that I had my hopes held very high for this film, but I may have forgotten it was Disney’s and not my own imagining. And I’d also like to acknowledge that a one and a half-minute trailer isn’t really setting in stone how this movie is going to go. But there were some things that didn’t sit well with me. Number one: The presence of Aurora. She’s pretty much the entire trailer. Why do I give a crap about her? I saw her movie, I love her movie, but I came here for her villain. Though I did like the details of her being an actual 16-year-old, because that animated princess was totally a full-grown woman. Second point: There was so much CG in that trailer that it can’t help but remind me of the disaster that was the 2010 remake of Alice in Wonderland. Did you not learn from your past mistakes, Disney?! Thank fuck they didn’t let Tim Burton near this one, or I would have cried. And since I went there, I’d like to note that it pains me to say that. I grew up thinking Tim Burton would be the only creative director to understand me, but he betrayed me when he stopped creating original content and started speed-casting his wife. Also, I miss Lisa Marie. Not sure why. Anyway, SO much CG and we haven’t even seen the dragon yet! See how this concerns me?
I will say, on the positive and still very enthusiastic side, the design concept for Maleficent’s costume is beautiful and striking, as is the harsh features of Angelina’s face. Gorgeous. I’m glad they decided not to paint her green, though I’m sure they could have and still had an impressively gorgeous creation. From what I’ve read, the concept of the film is Maleficent’s back-story and version of the events that happened in Sleeping Beauty.