Beautiful retelling of the fairy tale ‘Sleeping Beauty’.
It focuses on the villain’s back story- the black fairy, Maleficent. Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future. Every antagonist has a back story, as no one is evil without reason. She’s the hero and she’s the villain of this tale. I just loved this perspective. The entire idea of ‘true love’ as shown in the movie is just so befitting. We find it where we least expect it. Loved the movie.
Maleficent was a fairy, enchantingly beautiful. She had big wings, strong and powerful. They took her far above the clouds, against the winds, beyond her land. She was betrayed by the king she loved, who stole her wings, leaving her weak and in pain. Consumed by anger, hatred, and revenge, she cursed his baby daughter an irreversible fate that no force in the world can break except true love’s kiss.
Aurora grew up gracefully and lovingly under the watchful eyes of Maleficent. She thought her to be her fairy godmother. Maleficent was curious, why was she so drawn to the young girl, her enemy’s daughter. Aurora was what was left of Maleficent’s malevolent heart. Her dark self showed the warmth and care only around Aurora. I just loved the equation Aurora shared with Maleficent, unaware of the curse that she had cast upon her. Maleficent’s futile try to break her own curse and save Aurora was heart wrenching. The climax and the ending here was far better than the original version of ‘Sleeping Beauty’.
Angelina Jolie’s acting is amazing, breathtaking, magnificent and spectacular. I loved her character. She portrayed such depth with a mask-like straight face, that’s worthy of applaud. I liked her get up, especially those horns. They did add a lot of strength and might to her character. I liked the narrator, the voice behind the scenes, who explained the passage of time and changing of seasons. I can see this movie again and again. Recommended to all who love fairy tales.