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.
Here’s the story off of AP:
Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere, a story about an actor dealing with the emptiness of his life thanks to his child, won the top Golden Lion prize at the Venice film festival Saturday.
Director Quentin Tarantino headed the jury which unanimously chose Coppola’s film as the best movie at the 11-day annual festival.
“This film enchanted us from its first screening,” Tarantino said.
Coppola has described the film as a “portrait of today’s L.A.” Somewhere tells the story of a movie star, played by Stephen Dorff, who comes to see the emptiness of his existence through the eyes of his 11-year-old daughter, played by Elle Fanning.
With Somewhere, Coppola, who herself grew up in the world of film thanks to her father, director Francis Ford Coppola, lampoons Hollywood’s star treatment.
I so cannot wait to see this film. It’s set to open on December 22nd.
Rewatching the trailer for The American reminded me that in the last two days trailers have gone online for two other films I’m looking forward to this year: Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere and Mark Romanek’s Never Let Me Go.