Maleficent, The Untold TaleTuesday, June 10, 2014
The film opens with a narration that tells the story of a beautiful, pure-hearted young powerful fairy named Maleficent. Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom in the Moors, a magical realm bordering a human kingdom. As a young fairy, she falls in love with a human peasant boy named Stefan, whose infatuation with Maleficent is overshadowed by his ambition of human greed. As they grow older, the two drift apart until one day Stefan stops coming to see her. Soon an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. Maleficent rises to be the land's fiercest protector which Maleficent defeats the king in battle in which he becomes fatally ill soon after. The king offers his crown to whoever could kill Maleficent. Young Stefan whom is in the service of the king’s castle, consumed by greed and power, visits Maleficent in the night but can't bring himself to kill her. Instead he took her trusted and powerful wings, presents it to the king as proof that she was slain.
Consumed by rage and Stefan's betrayal, the vindictive Maleficent mourns over the loss of her wings and begins building a darker kingdom in the faerie realm to ensure the Moors shall never suffer any pain and agony of man. In her plot for revenge, Maleficent rescues a raven named Diaval, who swore allegiance to serve her for life as her one companion and confidant.
One day, Diaval informs Maleficent that Stefan whom became a king, is hosting a christening for his newborn daughter, Aurora. Maleficent attends uninvited and curses the baby with a sleep-like death curse to take effect on her 16th birthday after pricking her finger on a spinning wheel spindle. However, Stefan begged her for mercy, she gives an antidote to the curse in the form of true love's kiss, as an irony towards the "true love's kiss" Stefan gave Maleficent on her own 16th birthday in retaliation for Stefan's betrayal. Haunted by guilt, grows increasingly paranoid of Maleficent and her vengeance against him, Stefan has all the spinning wheels in the kingdom seized, burned and locked away to the deepest dungeon behind the castle walls. He also sends Aurora off to live with three bumbling pixies, hidden deep in the woods until the day after her 16th birthday.
Despite driven by rage and hate for Aurora, Maleficent begins to take care of her from afar when the neglectful and bumbling pixies fail to do so. Eventually she realizes as the child grows, Aurora holds the key to peace in the kingdom and perhaps to Maleficent's true happiness as well but feared the curse might run its course. Could Maleficent, the swore protector of the Moors finds purity in heart to see the beautiful life as she had before the darkness consumed of what’s left in her heart.
For those that remembered the original Sleeping Beauty (1959) would be sceptical on how much it had to deviate from the actual movie, and the movie progressed, it depicts female empowerment through tribulations and being victimized villain kind of a movie. The convincing back story and development the character are to be applaud along with the perfect casting of Angelina Jolie as Maleficent whom truly comes to life in full form by Angelina's stunning performance and presence. The movie brings a twist that's not cliché, but sentiments that are deep and a tinge of humour that's ever so natural with action that always keeps you at the edge of your seat.
Director: Robert Stromberg
Writers: Linda Woolverton, Charles Perrault (based from the story "La Belle au bois dormant" )
Stars: Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley