With it being Halloween on Friday, I thought that I would review a kind of dark film. I say dark, but it’s a Disney film, so it’s not really that dark.
A couple of months ago, both Me and Jamie went to see Maleficent, and I thought that I would review it for you.
Let’s begin with the casting. Angelina Jolie was great for the role. She was very convincing as a villain. She has that whole bad ass evil quality going on that you need to be a Disney Villain, but she also has a softer side to her which you see near the end. A perfect combination for a nice fairy who goes bad, very very bad!
Next the revamped story. If you haven’t seen it. This is the part where you close the browser, NOW!
The story shows us two cities. The main city, ruled by King Stefan, and then the magical fairy kingdom, called The Moores. This is where we meet a nice good fairy called Maleficent.
In the beginning, Maleficent is painted as the good fairy, picture Glinda from the Wizard of Oz, and you’ll be some what near to the character.
Then one day, a boy from the non magical city accidentally wonders in to the Moores, AKA the magical city. His name, Stefan.
We then meet the three fairies, this is a reference to the original. Of course humans aren’t allowed in the Moores. This means that he has to leave.
Unfortunately, Maleficent and Stefan disagree, and continue seeing each other. The years pass and as they do, Maleficent and Stefan grow closer.
Skip to a 16 year old Stefan, and he’s now a member of the King’s army. Of course, the King wants the Moores. This is where Maleficent’s bad ass nature comes out. She conjures a protection for the Moores, a wall of Thorns.
We then see an old and dying King. He wants the Moores. He knows that the key to ruling the Moores is Maleficent, so he has to get rid of her. On his death bed, he declares that he has no heir. He then tells his army, “Kill Maleficent, and you can be the next King. Stefan, knowing Maleficent likes him, goes to meet her and has the classic fairytale one last night before I can’t see you anymore thing.
When Maleficent falls asleep. He cruelly cuts off her wings. This is when she turns evil.
This is where it cuts to the classic and much advertised christening scenes. You know the “I cast a curse on your daughter”, y’know, blah blah blah.
The King then entrusts Aurora to the three fairies, and they start their new lives. hidden in the woods.
You then cut to Aurora being around six, which coincidentally is where Aurora meets Maleficent. She weirdly thinks she’s her Fairy Godmother, strange right?
Anyway, Aurora and Maleficent grow closer and closer, so much so that the night before the curse is about to happen, she announces to her Aunts she is leaving. This is when the Pink Fairy blurts out about her Dad and how they were supposed to bring her back to him the next day. Aurora is astonished by the revelation, as she was told her Dad was dead. With the news she immediately goes to the Castle. But on her way she meets the dashing Prince Phillip.
King Stefan, who has grown extremely paranoid about Maleficent coming to get him, declares war on the Moores. He orders for Maleficent’s wall of thorns to be cut down, and lots of Iron to be blown. This is mainly because Iron hurts Fairies.
After that, you then see quite a lot of filler moments.
The ending is very controversial, as after a very explosive kick ass fight scene, King Stefan is killed.
What I mean by controversial is that Prince Phillip isn’t the one who gives Aurora her true loves kiss, Maleficent is!
That’s the storyline, sorry if I spoiled it for you.
What did I think of the film? It was excellent, a bit soppy, but that’s to be expected from a Disney film. As a remake, it was one of the best remakes and interpretations that i’ve seen in a long while.
My marks out of ten would have to be a very good 9. Apart from the soppy cliche parts of the film, it was amazing. Angelina Jolie and the rest of the cast gave a marvellous performance. Yeah, a great all round film, great for the family. I highly recommend seeing it if you can.
Did you see Maleficent? What did you think?. Please let me know down below.
Thank you very much for reading.
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