So every year I do a Disney film. So here we go!
…One who was both hero and villain. And her name was Maleficent.
So I never was ever interested in seeing this film. I am the biggest Sleeping Beauty fan and I just felt that this story did not need to be made. After all this film is amazing:
And one of the best parts was the terrifying Maleficent:
And then when she turns into a dragon!!!
When I saw the remake, you know me:
I mean why did they have to give her a whole betrayed back story. Why couldn’t she just have been pissed and wanted revenge-fairies aren’t like humans they feel one emotion exponentially.
Or why couldn’t she have just been evil? Wanted to have world domination? Wanted to take down people? If men can be, why not a woman? Like Chernabog.
Anyways, my friend loved the movie. She felt it was the perfect post-betrayed in love film you could watch.
So the film is that Maleficent is this wonderful fairy who protects the forest and one day befriends a human boy, Stephen. They fall in love but are torn apart as he wants money and power and Maleficent wants her home.
The King tries to destroy the creatures on the moors, but are stopped as they are much more powerful. He promises to give anyone ultimate power-daughter’s hand in marriage and be future King if one can destroy them. Stephen sees it as his chance, finds Maleficent and the two reconcile.
Not really as he just did it to get her drunk and kill her.
But he doesn’t kill her, there is a shred of humanity in him, and he instead cuts off her wings.
Fastfoward King Stephen and the Queen have a daughter-Aurora. Maleficent does the curse-not nearly as epic as the cartoon and everything progresses as in the film. Except the fairies suck at everything as only focus on themselves-and Maleficent watches over her-becoming a mother to her.
King Stephen has gone crazy and when his daughter and Maleficent come and the curse is played out there is this big fight, blah, blah, blah.
I found it so boooooooring.
I actually fell asleep as I just could not stand this character of the film. They acted like it was “new” “never done before” “told in a brand new light”. But it wasn’t. You knew what was going to happen, you knew the ending.
The only part that was funny was my friend and I were kind of bashing on the betrayal of men, and how Aurora and Maleficent are happy-until a man comes along, Prince Phillip.
Then I saw him, and said “he’s a cute man-but still stay away”-my friend just looked at me and we both started laughing.
I couldn’t help it-he reminds me of a guy I had a crush on ten years ago when I was a teenager.
But even without that, I love Prince Phillip-he was always my favorite prince.
So yeah, I did not care for it-espechially Angelina Jolie. I don’t like her at all as an actress, I don’t think she is good and especially dull in this. Maleficent was powerful, evil, terrifying, the stuff of nightmares. And in this, she was none of that, nowhere near that. Eleanor Audley is the true queen of darkness.
To start Horrorfest VII from the beginning, go to It’s the End of the World: The Birds (1963)
For the previous post, go to Will We Survive the Night?: Rawhide (1951)
For more Sleeping Beauty, go toI Would Go Through Anything for You: Sleeping Beauty (1959)
For more Disney, go toI Can Show You the World: Aladdin (1992)
Your thoughts on the live action “Maleficent” mirrored my own. I still can’t understand WHY they decided to give Maleficent this whole sympathetic backstory, when she was badass without one, and why they turned the three fairies, who were previously component caregivers, into bumbling comic relief caricatures. Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning’s performances were the best part of the whole film, for me. And yet, they’re apparently making a sequel?!
I know, right?