I wasn’t sure what to expect when I decided to watch this movie, but it certainly wasn’t what I got. With all the negative publicity that has surrounded Angelina Jolie these recent years, I couldn’t be sure how well she would portray this role. In the Disney version, nothing is truly learned about how Maleficent came to be, nor even anything about the king. This movie does that and more.
Maleficent does a beautiful job of including history to complete the tale and find a way to alter the ending so as to redefine what can be considered evil. Early movies (in general) draw lines in black and white. It makes it easy to understand what’s good and what’s evil. Maleficent instead is perfectly constructed in shades of gray. The King is no longer the perfect undeserving kind-hearted male and Maleficent is a magnificent representation of how innocence can be twisted, darken, rebound and become the savior.
At this point, I will reveal some specifics on the movie. Continue reading at your own discretion.
In the original version, Sleeping Beauty, Maleficent’s curse is that Aurora will die when she pricks her finger. The fairy that couldn’t complete her blessing/wish upon the princess alters the spell so the child instead will sleep only to be awakened by True Love’s Kiss. In this version, the curse is similar, except Maleficent automatically states that Aurora will be in a “sleep like death.” Believing True Love’s Kiss does not exist, Maleficent uses that same idea to complete the curse. Maleficent goes through many emotional changes in this movie that represent the animals she changed into in Sleeping Beauty. She finds herself in an unusual predicament when she is the one trying to save Princess Aurora. Furthermore when it is the kiss she places on the girl’s forehead that awakens Aurora, not the kiss of the Prince.
I loved this movie and the change it follows. Just like Frozen it teaches love comes in many forms and sometimes True Love doesn’t just have to be between a couple. It can be between people who simply learn to love unconditionally.
As for Angelina Jolie as Maleficent, I can’t imagine another actress more perfect than her.
I would definitely give this movie 4 stars.