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The Meg is Closer to ‘Jaws’ Than ‘Sharknado’

MOVIE REVIEW When Steven Spielberg’s Jaws opened in theaters in 1975, it took the world by storm. Not only was the movie hugely popular as it was genuinely scary, it actually affected society in a strange way. Audiences began to have an irrational fear of sharks even when swimming at a lake. When Jaws 2 came to theaters three years later, everyone knew the catchphrase, “Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water…” Since then, it’s been hard for movie studios to be able to drum up the same excitement with their own Jaws knock-offs. Shark movies became a joke. Even Jaws 3 and Jaws: The Revenge were met with disdain (and with good reason). But sharks are still a popular subject, just not one that we take very seriously anymore.
This brings us to next big shark movie, The Meg which judging from the trailers alone, looks like another campy knock-off movie and while it indeed is campy, it isn’t as much as you would think. When comparing movies, The Meg is closer to Jaws tha…

Sympathy for the Devil

Angelina Jolie stars in "Maleficent" 
to arrive in theaters in March. Photo: Disney
Much hype has been stirred up for Maleficent, the live action movie about one of the greatest Disney villains to appear in theaters this May. Brought to life by Angelina Jolie, Disney intends to share the “untold story” of the green wonder featured prominently in the 1959 classic animated film, Sleeping Beauty. The trailer for the film looks beautiful and eerie. According to Disney, Maleficent was at one time a beautiful, pure-hearted young woman who because of a betrayal, her pure heart turns to stone.

Disney did something similar last year with the Oz the Great and Powerful, a prequel to the 1939 MGM movie, The Wizard of Oz. In that story, the studio attempted to explain how Theodora turned into the Wicked Witch of the West. In a similar storyline, young Theodora is also a beautiful and innocent victim of deception from her sister, Evanora. It is her rage and bitterness that turns her into the green monster she is so famous for.

Up until this point, these two baddies have always been bad, which has always made it pretty easy to hate them, but now Disney wants to mess us up. For some reason, they want us to feel bad about the villains. Though the concept is intriguing, the end result is a depressing story.

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