Movie Review – Maleficent
Every story has two sides. And nothing shows this better than Maleficent. Whenever I first heard the tale of Sleeping Beauty, I wondered several things:
- Why did Maleficent curse Aurora that she’d prick her finger on a spinning wheel on her sixteenth birthday? Why not her seventeenth or sixth?
- Why could none of the other fairies break the curse?
- If the King and Queen destroyed all the spinning wheels, as one way to thwart the curse, how was there one still intact?
Thankfully and beautifully, Maleficent answers these questions. To me, it resonated and made since about what happened and why. Angelina Jolie’s performance was perfect.
There were some funny scenes and snappy dialogue in parts. The CG was stellar. While, I don’t think this movie is appropriate for too young an audience, I will add it to my collection for my kids to watch (and me). I’d say ages maybe nine and up – in my opinion—watch the movie first and judge for yourself.
Overall the movie had depth and showed how someone can change: either for good or evil. That evil is in what a person does, not what they are. How greed and hatred can change a person.
My rating: 4.5/5 Stars
I did feel the character of Aurora was a bit superficial – as if she were there merely as window dressing. I’d have liked to have seen a bit more character development of her.
Critics have also compared the removal of Maleficent’s wings as a symbolic rape. While I can see the scene as such, I think the stronger message is not letting it make a person bitter and full of hate. In other words, not to become an abuser themselves to others or to their own physic. To be able to love and continue despite of the horror done to them.
Finally, it was refreshing who actually saved Aurora! 🙂
Her favorite childhood memories revolved around creating vibrant characters for her friends, and then acting out their adventures. Inside her fantasy worlds of darkened forests, dragon-filled glades, and iced islands, nothing was banned. From the ethereal Elvin to the most maligned Vampires, all were welcome in her fictional realities, a stark contrast to her home, where the magical and mythical was forbidden.
Divorced and disillusioned of love and believing all the love songs and books exaggerated, she put aside her creativity for life. Many years past before characters, from the familiar to the freshly conceived, came to her again, but this time teasing at a new passion, the written word.
Gradually, her real life hero brought love and magic back into existence. During the time when her characters were getting reacquainted, the love of her life was showing her that true love never gives up and rekindles no matter how many times others attempt to extinguish it. Today, she is happily married with three children.
Andrea believes in the power of change and delighting in each moment. But most fervently, she believes in the magic of love and imagination again.