Review: The Old Guard

Charlize Theron is the somewhat kinder-hearted real-life Vinnelle for us in films. She gazes down the lens; controlling every angle of power in “Hancock” (2008), “Atomic Blonde” (2017) and now “The Old Guard”(2020). Directed by a notable filmmaker – creator of “Love and Basketball” (2000) and “The Secret Life of Bees” (2008) – Gina Prince-Bythewood opens up Gregory Rucka’s comic book and spray paints her brilliance across the epic myth. Continue reading Review: The Old Guard

MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL – an Alternative Lens review

“Maleficent” still stands out as something of a black sheep within Disney’s recent live-action catalogue. Instead of a simple remake or sequel, the film instead presents a revisionist retelling of Sleeping Beauty from its villain’s point of view whilst also turning the narrative into an allegory for sexual assault and abusive relationships.

The final result was admittedly ambitious but sloppy and ill-conceived (you can read my recent reappraisal of its botched metaphors here), but it did well financially so a sequel was always on the cards. After covering the entirety of the original tale, where exactly Mistress of Evil has to go from there seems a bit nebulous on first thought but, and this is an especially relieving shock to me, the final results are far beyond what anyone would reasonably expect. Continue reading MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL – an Alternative Lens review