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Plot: When a young Prince and his trusted aid learn of a beautiful Princess’s cursed eternal slumber, they embark on a journey to rescue her. They must battle an evil queen and legions of undead monsters before she will be free.
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I’m not 100% that there is much of an audience for this one.
Sleeping Beauty is a production of The Asylum—a film production company known for making so-called ‘mockbusters’. These mockbusters are films that are released to coincide with the release of big studio epics in order to capitalize on the hubbub surrounding the big-budget movies. They feature titles that are VERY similar to the bigger films—and this movie is being released just before Disney’s big summer release Malificent! A few other examples of their films are Atlantic Rim, Death Racers, American Battleship, Snakes on a Train and many others that have titles almost like blockbuster films. Because of this, it’s obvious the film will have a low budget and very modest pretensions—and most likely will be a film you’ll see coming direct to DVD. And, I might add, it’s filmed entirely in Bulgaria.
The cast for Sleeping Beauty is very, very unusual. It seems like this production was a real family affair. In addition to acting in the film, Casper Van Dien directed the film. This isn’t so unusual. However, his wife (Catherine Oxenberg) also is in the film as are Van Dien’s three daughters! This makes for a most unusual pedigree. However, despite being a family film, in many ways I would NOT recommend this film for your entire family! Nor would I recommend it to the youngest of Van Dien’s kids. This is because this odd version of the classic story has a lot of intense gore as well as a reference to rape—and I really am not sure why these were included in the film.
The first portion of the film is much like the Perrault story as well as the Disney tale. A king and queen have a daughter and they invite everyone to come celebrate with them EXCEPT for the one person who happens to be a complete maniac and almost all-powerful sorceress. When this nasty lady arrives and is miffed by never receiving an invitation, she curses the girl to die by being pricked by splinter from a spinning wheel by the time she turns 16. However, the good fairies are able to change the curse—instead making it so the princess will sleep for as long as it takes until a prince of good heart will come and kiss her. Weirdly, they also put the entire kingdom to sleep when she falls asleep —even though this seems like an incredibly bad idea as it leaves the kingdom to the nasty sorceress.
So far this is pretty much the classic story. However, this is all shown in the first quarter of the film! Having the prince battle his way in, kill the sorceress and kiss the sleeping girl clearly had to be padded out a lot. So, they created an all-new story about a wastrel idiot of a prince, his lackey friends and his whipping boy. Is this interesting? Mildly—but often the characters behave inconsistently and you wonder why anyone would follow this prince, since he is a complete and total moron. But as I said above, there is a lot of adult content tossed in as well as some incredibly bad dialog from time to time. The overall effect isn’t bad but it is muddled and not particularly noteworthy unless you thought the original story should be spiced up with zombies, spinal columns being yanked out, be-headings and the like. It’s not good but not completely terrible either if you absolutely must see a classic fairy tale infused with zombies and the like. I do wonder, though, who exactly would really want to see this one—it’s certainly not the average viewer.
Don’t. Seriously, just don’t.
Every now and and then I’ll get a movie about which I know very little. After all, it can be an exciting way to discover those unknown hidden gems. This movie is not one of those gems. Sometimes a movie is so bad that I feel compelled to review it in a desperate attempt to save others the money I’ve wasted. This is *that* movie.
It is shallow, disjointed, two dimensional and lacking any real discernible acting or directorial talent. The characters lack substance, or anything approaching a realistic thought or emotion. The story pays bare lip service to the original, which in itself would be fine, if the replacement contained any actual story line or drama. The moral of the story/film is not something from which you’d want your son or daughter learning. But then it doesn’t really have a moral. Or a story.
This seems strange given it is almost singlehandedly a creation of the Van Dien clan. The title role being blandly and subserviently played by daughter Grace who doesn’t demonstrate any character which could place her as a female role model and develop her career (her entire existence can be encapsulated as too stupid to not touch spindle knowing what it represents, needs prince to wake her, instantly becomes his, and has his baby), while daddy Casper writes/directs and plays her dad and step mum Catherine Oxenberg plays mum. Two other kiddies have small roles too. The movie may have benefited from open auditions to get talented actors rather than just family members, but then it is possible that the writing was so bad that no-one with any actual ability wanted any of the roles.
The budget is clearly low as the special effects are quite ordinary by 2014 standards, although if the story and acting were up to par, the effects probably wouldn’t have mattered much. It is clearly not a kid-safe version with some unnecessary and graphic violence, which adds nothing to the movie, except perhaps confusion about who the target audience is.
In a time when classic fairy tales are regularly being cleverly reinvented on our screens with strong female leads and complex characters, this movie completely misses the opportunity. Disappointing is probably the best that can be said of this production. It probably doesn’t help that it is one of three movies in the same year re-telling the same fairy tale. While I haven’t seen the other 2014 Sleeping Beauty, I cannot envisage it being as bad as this one, and Maleficent is a clear choice here instead.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 29 min (89 min)
Genre Adventure, Fantasy, Horror
Director Casper Van Dien
Writer R. Dessertine, Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm
Actors Finn Jones, Grace Van Dien, Olivia d’Abo
Country United States
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 16:9 HD
Camera Red One MX
Film Length N/A
Negative Format Redcode RAW
Cinematographic Process N/A
Printed Film Format Video (HDTV)