I just read an article in The New Yorker about Disney’s Maleficent with Angelina Jolie. Perhaps, I have already mentioned seeing this movie in London during my recent visit or, perhaps not, because I neglected writing anything during that trip. I am better at recall nothing than something!
Anyways, I enjoyed the movie more than expected. I even found the 3-D to be better than expected and to add to the viewing enjoyment. Of course, it goes without saying that Angelina was excellent, because she has been excellent in every role she plays.
If anyone wants to believe me, then they should not miss this film with or without 3-D. You will surely root for the villain, who turns out to be nice. Do not read the following, if you want to be surprised to discover the story...
I grew up with Disneyland. I recall watching Wonderful World of Disney every Sunday night, when Walt would present at the end of each program bits about his new magic kingdom emerging from orange groves south of Los Angeles. A key feature was always Tinkerbell and the castle, which have come represent Disney.
The view above is from friend’s house on the shore of Lake Annecy. I do not recall the name of the castle, but it is reputably the source of inspiration for Disney’s castle, now a key feature of all Disney parks and programming. Walt allegedly spotted this on a trip from nearby Geneva.
I say allegedly, because Germans claim that inspiration came from Neuschwanstein. I do not think that anyone cares or even thinks about the source of inspiration...except people that want bragging rights.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.