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Look deep enough into any fable or fairy tale, and you’ll notice they are not just a candy -coated visage of one man’s warning to society. Darkness and real world consequences are the cornerstone of any decent child’s tale. However, with its new world point of view on the classic story of Sleeping Beauty; Disney’s Maleficent twists it down a contorted road of evil and treachery that seems inappropriate for any audience.
Though she sports a pair of silky feathered wings and a set of horns, Maleficent is pretty much the only human-like fairy living amongst the magical creatures that inhabit the moors near a medieval castle filled with anxious, greedy humans. As a young girl, Maleficent protects a human boy, Stefan, who came to her land to steal some precious jewels, and the two grow up together, forming a strong and loving bond. That is, until in his early adult years Stefan betrays Maleficent and steals her wings, under the guise that anyone who delivers her wings to the King will be his successor to the throne. Nine months into his reign as King, Stefan’s Queen delivers him a young daughter. Spurned by a false love and the anger created from the loss of her very essence, Maleficent curses the child; that on young Aurora’s 16th birthday, she will prick her finger on a spinning wheel, and fall into a lifelong sleep, until the kiss of true love wakes her up.
Irvine Welsh has created some of the most thought provoking novels of the past 25 years, so much so that many pieces of his literary collection have been adapted in some form over the years. From the Danny Boyle's 1996 classic film Trainspotting to Paul McGuigan's film, The Acid House, each director has lent their unique talents to the telling of Welsh's cult classics. While a series of adaptation failures plagued Welsh in the late 1990's thru the early 2000's, there has always been a vibe around the announcement of another project. This year brings director Jon S. Baird's take on the mind and words of Irvine Welsh, the 1998 novel Filth, and I'm confident in saying it is the best adaptation of an Irvine Welsh novel since Trainspotting.
Now on Demand & iTunes, in theaters May 30th