My thoughts on the Movie, Maleficent #189

I’ve been hearing about the movie, Maleficent from long back but only got chance to watch it recently. All I knew that it’s the story of famous story of sleeping beauty. To be honest I did not watch sleeping beauty either but I knew the basic story from the cartoons that I watched when I was little… The princess would fall asleep and could only be awaken by the “true love’s kiss”.
I had many questions about that- why would anyone kiss a sleeping person? Ain’t that weird? Obviously, not according to this fairy tales.
By the posters, I had assumed that Angelina Jolie might be the villain of the movie but I was not sure how she would be related to Maleficent or sleeping beauty!
The movie begins with two kingdoms, one in which humans live and fairies live in the other.
Moors is the magical place where the fairies live, they protect their place from humans for obvious reasons! Humans are jealous, hungry for power and destructive… Maleficent is introduced as a little fairy… having a charming personality, who is loved by all. One day one human kid, named Stefan, trespassed in Moors… Maleficent became friend with Stefan and they started hanging out with each other despite the clashes between humans and fairies.
As I started watching the movie, I forgot about sleeping beauty and Angelina Jolie and everything I knew before. Maleficent and Stefan grew older and they fell in love with each other… Then one day Stefan vanished. From the very beginning, Stefan had the hunger for power and wealth… He had showed Maleficent the castle and told that he wanted to be there one day… It wasn’t a lie.
Stefan grew up to be King’s man. The then king called off a war with the fairies but lost against the magical power of Maleficent. Lost and enraged king asked his men to bring her head and he would name that person the next king. It was the most perfect opportunity for Stefan. After long time he sneaked into Moors to meet his childhood love Maleficent. He told her that king’s men were coming for her… That night he gave her some mysterious drinks, as soon as she fell asleep he cut her magnificent wings and fled away. Maleficent woke up in excruciating pain only to find out that her wings had been stolen, that too by the person she loved the most.
Broken and betrayed Maleficent cried her heart out and stood on her legs… She cast spell on a crow and made him person, Diava. Diava used to fly to the human’s kingdom and got all the news for for her.
Stefan on the other hand became king after presenting the wings of Maleficent to the king. He married another girl and started his family. King Stefan and queen had a girl, they held up a grand celebration for the new-born. Maleficent entered into the ceremony and cursed the baby-girl, Aurora to avenge herself.
She cursed Aurora that she would prick her finger with spindle of a spinning wheel and would fall asleep for life. King and queen were heart-broken by the curse and Stefan started begging her… She then added, she could only be awaken by a true love’s kiss… The spell would not be undone by any power in the world and the curse would long till the end of time.
Ok, so now it makes sense. From beginning to this point, I was under the impression that Maleficent was the nice fairy and I was sympathazing with her. After the curse scene I was startled, I didn’t whom to support now! What Stefan did to Maleficent was unforgivable but the curse on an innocent new-born was not acceptable either. Maleficent turned dark and evil…
King Stefan turned mad, he ordered to collect all the spindles in his kingdom and dump in a secret place… He appointed 3 fairies to take care of Aurora and sent them far away from his kingdom. The fairies were not the best ones to take care of the new-born… little Aurora used to cry the whole night in hunger.
Maleficent and the crow, Diava were keeping a close eye on them. She called her “Beasty”, she wanted to hate her but could not… Even she saved her falling from the cliff… Maleficent watched her every day and her hate for her faded away. Aurora grew up to be a lovely girl, just the day before turning 16 she tried to enter into Moors and Maleficent took her inside. All these days, Aurora thought her to be fairy God mother. Moved by the innocence and purity of her heart, Maleficent wanted to remove the curse from Aurora but she failed. She started looking for a way out to save poor Aurora from the curse. She was hopeless because she did not believe in true love’s existence…Meanwhile Aurora met prince Phillip who was lost on his way to king Stefan’s castle. Both liked each other from the moment they saw each other. Come on guys! Sleeping Beauty needs to be saved!
Aurora liked Moors so much that she expressed her wish to stay there with her fairy God mother. She went to tell that to her guardian fairies and came to know about her true identity and the curse. She ran back to her father Stefan, who had turned fully mad. Every night he could hear Maleficent’s scream, he locked himself in a dark room and denied to meet anyone. He knew that Maleficent would come back again… As Aurora came back, king ordered his men to lock her in a room.
Little did he know the spell was so strong, he couldn’t do anything in the world to defy that. Maleficent wanted to save Aurora at any cost, she captured Prince Philip and started for the castle on a horse. She knew the moment her curse turned into reality… she wanted to do everything in her ability to make it right. She left prince Philip right in front of the room where Aurora is sleeping… Aurora had already pricked her finger and fell asleep… The prince kissed her but it did not work… Now what?
Maleficent’s fear of losing Aurora was about to come true… Probably true love doesn’t exist at all. Probably true love doesn’t happen at first sight. (yes… somebody had to say that loud!) She felt lost and broken, all she wanted to save Aurora from a curse… Maleficent couldn’t help crying when she saw Aurora sleeping, she kissed her on the forehead and was about to leave. Just then, Aurora opened her eyes.
Hell yes! Now that’s a good move right there… The movie broke the stereotypical rule that only a prince can save a princess… A lead character has to be unimaginably nice, an evil can’t turn into an angel…
Maleficent did not realize how much she loved and cared for Aurora until that point. Her affection for Aurora broke the spell. The movie ends with a final war with Stefan, Aurora setting free Maleficent’s wings that were locked in a dark room in the castle and Aurora being declared as the queen of the humans and fairies together.
Forgiving is the greatest virtue. I absolutely loved the way Maleficent’s character has been developed, it is indeed the best adaption of the story of Sleeping beauty. PS: Angelina Jolie, she’s my queen…I grew up watching her. I love her so so much <3 Can’t wait to see her on screen in Maleficent 2, which will be in theater this year, 2019!

Post Author: Molten Cookie Dough

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