Filmophile: MALEFICENT

SPOILERS! SPOILERS!  SPOILERS!

maleficent

Where to start? Where to start?

I guess after the movie, we’ll all be asking the same question: The heck is going on with those cheekbones -.-

But seriously, first off, thank you to all my friends and family who tried really hard so the movie was well received and spoiler-free for me.

It’s the story of villains that’s trending. Why good people do bad things and are perceived as bad.

I’m bad and that’s good. I’ll never be good and that’s not bad. There’s no one I’d rather be than me.

That and this new direction of women’s liberation that Disney is taking where “Women are the heroes of their own stories”. Case in point Tatiana, Elsa, Merida.

SYNOPSIS:

It’s the story of how Maleficent came to be. She was one of the strongest fairies even when she was young, so strong she took it upon herself to fly about and guard the enchanted moors whence was the kingdom of all magical creatures. One day she happens upon a young boy, Stefan, and the two become unlikely friends and soon after become lovers. On Maleficent’s 16th birthday, Stefan presents her with “true love’s kiss”. But Stefan quickly gets caught up in the greed of this world and leaves Maleficent behind, who confusedly waits for him. Some time later the King and her have a row and he demands Maleficent’s head. Whoever gets it will gain the throne. So Stefan goes in search of Maleficent to warn her. The two rekindle a lost passion. Or so it seems. Stefan drugs Maleficent to sleep and tries to kill her. He can’t find it in his heart to murder so cuts off her wings instead and is bestowed the throne. Isn’t that just like them? To cut off your wings so you can’t fly. Maleficent completely devastated becomes bitter and hateful towards Stefan for his greed. She is driven by jealousy in his marriage and newborn child that she crashes the baby shower and curses the child.

The child is sent away to be protected but Maleficent finds her. And instead of hatred, you see Maleficent hovering over her in protection ensuing the role of caretaker. 16 years pass and both girl and Maleficent draw closer. Even when she tries Maleficent cannot undo her own spell and so she tries everything to save the life of a young girl she loves before the sun sets on Aurora’s 16th birthday.

I shan’t carry on because I hope if you haven’t watched it you’ll at least want to now.

CAST

Angelina Jolie was s-p-e-c-t-a-c-u-l-a-r. She is such a gifted actress. Her love for the girl is so evident in her eyes. I was so drawn in by her character.

Elle Fanning could’ve done better. She certainly looks the part but barely kept up with A. Jolie. Then again that’s not easy to do.

PREDICTABILITY

Storyline was unpredictable for me at the beginning so  I really enjoyed it. Loved how they tied into how the crow and the scepter came about. Ending was gooey but it’s a Disney film after all. There’s a standard of a “Forever After” quota they have to fill up.

I suspected she’d be the true love’s kiss but wasn’t sure how they were going to pull it off. Good job Disney. Guess on the forehead counts.

I’d give it ♦♦♦♦♦.

I could watch this movie over and over again. I think I will.

Really I guess Jolie stole the show. Her and her daughter. Jo kewt.

 

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She’s proof you can have 5 kids, direct a movie, keep Brad Pitt and do your own stunts. And look stunningly gorgeous while doing it.

One thing tho: If Maleficent could turn a crow into a man, why not conjure wings for herself?

Thinking of: How bad I want to one day work with Disney.

 

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