I didn’t actually watch very many films in September. It was partially from post-SUTS overload, but also because I got sucked into a terrible tv show (CW’s Beauty and the Beast reboot. I watched all 70 episodes in two weeks!) Also, I am posting early this month because I will be heading back out to the Pordenone Silent Film Festival tomorrow. More on that when I recap October! Anyways, as always everything I watched plus some favorites can be found after the cut.
Michel: If you really love someone, you want more for them than you want for yourself. Do you understand?
I saw Maleficent on Monday after reading various critic reviews, audience comments, etc. I was unsure what I was going to think about the film as a whole. I knew I would at least love the cast (Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley and Sharlto Copley – what did they do, cast this based on my Tumblr?!). I’ve been thinking about the film ever since and have decided that despite its muddled construction, there are aspects of the film that are very important to today’s film landscape and I think important for little girls to see, and for their parents to (hopefully) discuss with them. It’ll be interesting to see what a generation of women who grew up with this movie will be like. I discuss my take on few very specific aspects of the film after the cut, but if you haven’t seen it yet, there are plot spoilers a-plenty.
Christine Collins: Why aren’t you listening to me?
Capt. J.J. Jones: I am listening, dammit, I am listening! And I understand your feelings. He’s changed, no mistake. And that’s. . .you’ve both been through a terrible experience and that’s why he needs your love and support to bounce back.
Christine Collins: He’s not my son!
Capt. J.J. Jones: Why are you doing this, Mrs. Collins? Why are you doing this? You, you seem perfectly capable of taking care of the boy. Your job pays you enough to attend to his personal needs, so I don’t understand why you’re running away from your responsibilities as a mother.
Christine Collins: I am not running away from anything! Least of all my responsibilities! I am even taking care of that. . .boy right now, because I am all he has! What worries me is that you have stopped looking for my son! And that is your responsibility!
Capt. J.J. Jones: Why should we be looking for someone we’ve already found?
Christine Collins: Because you have not found him.
Capt. J.J. Jones: His identity has been confirmed by the best minds in the field of child identification. People who know what they’re doing.
Christine Collins: And I don’t?