In celebration of Earth Day 2017, Born In China is a Disneynature documentary that promises breathtaking imagery as it follows 3 families of animals in their natural habitats.
The pandas and monkeys are indeed cute but it’s the majesty of the stunning snow leopards that will guarantee I tune in. For big cats are my absolute favourite. In fact, one of the best film experiences I’ve ever had is courtesy of a brilliant episode of David Attenborough’s Planet Earth, the one with the snow leopards.
I remember loving every single second of that documentary and definitely not wanting it to end. After the credits had finally rolled, I was happy because of what I was lucky enough to experience and simultaneously sad that it was over… so I thought! There at the very end of the documentary was even more footage of the snow leopards. Words can hardly express the joy of that moment for me. It was the most wonderful surprise.
Angelina Jolie’s portrayal of Maleficent has been criticised for not being evil enough. I think people of this opinion have missed the point of the film entirely.
Not to say that the film is perfect, because the pace did leave me wanting. But it’s clear to me that, for audiences to buy into the story, Angelina definitely couldn’t look for inspiration for her character from the likes of pre-existing Queens of pure evil. A perfect example being ‘Queen Revenna’ of SnowWhite And The Huntsman (2012) – wonderfully played by Charlize Theron.
No, no, no. Angelina would have to study characters far more complex. I imagine she did because Maleficent is absolutely unlike the traditional evil queen, and that doesn’t make for a lesser film, just a different one.
Besides my issues with the pace of the film, there is one aspect of the story that I found particularly hard to accept…
…now, I may be overthinking things since I’m not the film’s key demographic. But nevertheless… with Maleficent being not just a fairy with powers, but ’the strongest of the fairies’, I expected that she would have the means to regenerate her wings. And if she couldn’t do this, I imagined she would at least use her magic to locate the wings – once she’d used the same special powers to learn that her wings had not been completely destroyed. Am I alone in this?
I certainly have no regrets at all about watching the film. The difference was refreshing. Plus, I LOVE Angelina Jolie! She could almost lead me anywhere. Probably.