Movie provided for review purposes, all opinions 100% my own.
Whenever a new Disney movie comes out, it seems they are highly anticipated, as they should be. Most are produced with amazing quality, animations, tell of life lessons and are usually made with actors/actresses we adore.
When Maleficent arrived in theaters it was one of those movies I was “eh” on. It didn’t really appeal to me for some reason, but because it starred Angelina Jolie I knew when the DVD was to hit shelves I was going to buy it.
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Luckily, I received a review copy so my husband and I sat and watched it. I’ll be honest, it took me a bit to get into it. I just wasn’t feeling this fantasy storyline that had a powerful fairy. But I continued to watch because of who she was.
It starts out with Maleficent as a young fairy living in the Moors, falling in love with a human peasant boy; Stefan. As they grow older, they stop seeing each other until one day when Stefan overhears the king saying he’ll name whoever kills Maleficent his successor. One evening, he heads out with the plan to kill her, so he drugs her but cannot kill her, so cuts off her wings. He brought them to the king and is nominated successor to the throne.
Maleficent has one thing in mind; revenge. She arrives at the christening of King Stefan’s daughter, Aurora, uninvited, and curses the baby that on her 16th birthday she would cause her to fall into a deep sleep.
King Stefan is told by Maleficent that the curse can be broke by true love’s kiss. He is terrified so sends his daughter away with three pixies to live until the day after her 16th birthday. They do not care for her as she should, so Maleficent begins to grow fond of her. When Aurora sees her for the first time she calls Maleficent her fairy godmother. Maleficent wants to break the curse but cannot as she herself had declared that “no power on Earth can change it”. She moves to the Moors, but the pixies tell Aurora who Maleficent is. This gets her angry so she runs off to her father.
In an attempt to keep her safe, Stefan locks her away but she pricks her finger and falls asleep.
Maleficent wants to save her, so she abducts Phillip and intrudes Stefan’s castle to have him kiss Aurora so the curse will break. There is no true love, so the curse did not break. Maleficent apologizes to Aurora and kisses her forehead. The curse is broke and Aurora awakens, Maleficent’s concern for Aurora constitutes “true love.” Aurora forgives her and they attempt to leave but Maleficent is trapped in an iron net and attacked. Maleficent transforms Diaval into a dragon and he lifts the net off her, but is driven back by the soldiers. Stefan wants to kill Maleficent but her wings are freed by Aurora and they fly back to Maleficent and reattach to where they should be. Now that she has her wings back, she defeats Stefan to try and kill him, but cannot bring herself to do it. Instead she announces the feud is over. He tries to kill her one last time and falls off the tower. In a happy ending, Aurora is crowned queen of the human and faerie realms by Maleficent, forever unifying the two kingdoms, with Phillip at her side.
I really got into the movie after giving it a chance. I thought everything about it was phenomenal with stunning graphics. I’m not sure anyone would have played the part better than Angelina. I really enjoyed seeing the villain from one of my favorites; Sleeping Beauty but this story focuses on why she is so evil in the film. She was betrayed by the man she loved. He took her wings so payback was what had to be done.
This was not anywhere near my favorite Disney film, but didn’t disappoint however I probably won’t be watching again, as it did take so long for me to not feel bored.
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