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Maleficent (2014)

Maleficent (2014)


Angelina Jolie
Sharlto Copley
Elle Fanning
Sam Riley
Imelda Staunton

Directed by Robert Stromberg

Disney decided to re-write the Sleeping Beauty story and show us how Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) became a villain. The film is a live-action re-imagining of Walt Disney's 1959 animated film Sleeping Beauty, and the story is from the perspective of the antagonist, Maleficent.
The movie started in that light seeing Maleficent good and then turning evil because of a betrayal. I was hoping it will remain as such and also hoping there will be battles galore, but I was surprised on how the movie ended turning out. It came to be, Maleficent wasn’t bad at all, in fact she was just misunderstood.

Regardless of this, the big question is, “how good was this movie?”

And the answer is, it was very good, as it wasn’t boring and it was a different story from what I’m used to, but.

The “But” in this movie is that it was not glamorous nor memorable enough to be a classic, but it can be classified as wonderful. I sat through it, blown away by the CGI and the plot. It ended up being one of those movies that if you missed seeing it, it will impact on your portfolio of 2014 movies that you must see.

Angelina Jolie was in a class of her own in this flick, I loved her grace and her poise. She made being Maleficent enviable. The other cast were also on point in this movie and the special effect blends, are a must see.

The movie starts with us seeing little Maleficent doing well in the forest and making all things good. She met and fell in love with a human named Stephan, who was power hungry. And when the time came for him to choose between his love for Maleficent and his love for power and glory, he choose the later and stripped Maleficent of her wings.

It was revenge that drove Maleficent to put a curse on Aurora, a curse she later regretted as she and Aurora grew fond of each other. This fondness began when Aurora was taken to the woods to keep her away from Maleficent’s curse. The three fairies were asked to protect Aurora and keep here away from any spindle and or Maleficent. But there in the woods, Maleficent cared for the child even better than the three fairies who were supposed to be her nannies.

It was this caring in the shadows that drove them together and they formed a bond.

If you ever catch Maleficent on TV, watch it. The movie is a good enough for you and the family. Also, the movie was a huge commercial success raking in over $ 757 million from its $ 180 million budget.
Again, the movie’s special effects were the crown on this Disney re-write and finally the joke is on you when you think you have figured out the love first kiss secret.


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