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Friday Film: “Maleficent”

Everyone loves fairy tales, especially the classic ones we all grew up watching repeatedly. However, while we were identifying ourselves with the main heroes of these stories, did we ever stop to think about the villains or why did they become villains in the first place?

The 2014 adventure film “Maleficent” was created in an attempt to tell a different story of the famous tale of “The Sleeping Beauty”, this time from the perspective of its known to all of us main villain Maleficent. Robert Stromberg is the director of this amazing tale but he is known for his works in the visual effects of various movies and TV Shows such as “Shutter Island”, “Game of Thrones”, “The Hunger Games”, “Ghost Rider” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End”. In this film, his work as a director was magnificent and he managed to transfer the original cartoon setting into a real life one, making it feel like you are experiencing the same story but with real life princesses and creatures.

Maleficent (Angelina Jolie,  “Beowulf”, “Girl, Interrupted”, “Mr. & Mrs. Smith”, “Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life”) is a beautiful, pure-hearted young woman and her life is idyllic while growing up in a peaceful forest kingdom. One day, an army invades this land and threatens its harmony, making Maleficent to rise as the land’s fiercest protector until she is betrayed and chooses a different path leaded by hatred and the need for revenge.

The beauty of this film lies entirely on its resourceful point of view and the unique story of a rather love-to-hate character of everyone’s childhood. Despite the great visual effects, completely accurate comparing to the original Disney fairy tale, which remind you of this beautiful tale and send chills down your spine, the story itself brings you closer to this villainous antagonist, making you sympathize with a character who is known for its evil acts and wicked schemes. Furthermore, the idea of watching a beloved fairy tale story from the shoes of its main antagonist is something that should be done with every villain character of every fairy tale. Imagine watching the story of Jafar, Evil Queen and even Ursula or Gaston simply because it is rather interesting to see the turning point of a character from a good person to a monstrous villain. On the other hand, maybe we were completely wrong thinking that those are in fact villains when in reality they are not and simply had their own purposes justifying each one of their choices of action.

Adding to its interesting and unique story, the other marvelous characteristic this film has is the choices of the actors portraying the famous characters of “The Sleeping Beauty” fairy tale. It is blatantly obvious that Angelina Jolie was the best choice for the character of Maleficent and not because of her appearance, which entirely resembles the original villain of the story. The main reason she was the right person for the role is her deep love for the character which made her acting priceless and exactly what you would expect from someone portraying the eponymous antagonist going by the name of Maleficent. In addition to this, Elle Fanning (The Neon Demon”, “Super 8”, “Déjà vu) portraying Aurora was another great choice since she stood right next to Angelina, giving us some great moments between the two of them we had never experienced before in the original fairy tale.

If you are a fan of fairy tales with “happy endings” and innocent princes and princesses, I do not recommend this movie for you. However, if you love unique storylines or if you feel nostalgic of the beloved fairy tale of “The Sleeping Beauty” and if you are a fan of watching famous stories from different perspectives, even if they focus on a hated character, you should definitely watch “Maleficent” and I promise you, you will adore it.

I will be back next Friday with another one of my favorite movies that you must watch.

Until then, leave your comments below and let us know what your thoughts on this movie are and if you enjoyed watching it.

 

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