Maleficent Movie Review: Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman Scorned
I am not like most girls nor was I ever like most kids. While I remember my older sister gushing over wanting to be a Disney princess and even dressing up as one for Halloween once, I never really got into Disney movies that focused on princesses. I used to think I was too young to appreciate them (the first Disney movie I truly appreciated was "Aladdin"), but now I'm beginning to think that maybe I was just born cynical (and smart).
At the end of "Cinderella", my question was, "So, is she going to clean for the Prince now?" and at the end of "Sleeping Beauty", my question was, "Why was Maleficent so angry?" While I understood that Cinderella's step mom didn't wanna have a freeloader around the house and while I understood that the evil witch in "Snow White" was jealous of Snow White's beauty, I was always baffled by Maleficent's anger.
Well, the new "Maleficent" movie finally answered my question and brought everything to light - in the best way possible.
Maleficent Movie Review
I was a bit on the fence when I watched the first trailer of "Maleficent" coz I wasn't convinced by Elle Fanning's English accent. They seem to have over-dubbed it or changed it, though, coz all that I could see in Elle Fanning in this movie was her stunning and infectious smile.
Angelina Jolie as "Maleficent" was even more stunning. She was downright mesmerising. Those eyes. Those cheekbones. That voice.
To be perfectly honest, I hated the first few minutes of the movie. I remember thinking, "Shit. This is going to be a full-on kid's movie and I'm gonna hate it." But I didn't. I loved it. I loved it so much, I'm actually writing a movie review right after watching it - which is something I haven't done in a long while.
"Maleficent" starts poorly, but gets better and better with every passing 15 minutes and since the movie is pretty short (perfect for my ADD companion for the night), it ends pretty spectacularly - in my opinion, anyway.
It helps that Maleficent has killer black angel wings (Peyton Sawyer, anyone?) in the movie and that there are adorable fairies buzzing about, an adorable scene with Vivienne Jolie-Pitt as young Aurora, a One Direction lookalike Prince Philip to add a bit of a kilig factor to the movie (his name is Brenton Thwaites, FYI), and a killer Lana Del Rey "I Know You" song during the end credits.
While the plot twist was pretty evident to movie buff-me, it didn't change the fact that it was brilliant and tear-worthy. I cried for a good 2 to 3 minutes and it was worth getting my makeup smudged over.
What I loved the most about "Maleficent", though, is the fact that it was real. I am absolutely loving the fact that Disney is veering away from the love-at-first-sight mantras that kid-me never understood and are starting to veer towards reality.
A lot of people will comment, "Wow, bitter si Atey?" (rough translation: Wow, she's a bitter ex!), but come on, ladies: I bet you're secretly wishing that you could have the power to set a curse on your ex boyfriend's future child right about now. (The women who say 'no' are either liars or in denial. :p)
Moms will love this movie, too. Especially single moms. Heck, when Syrena is old enough to wonder where her dad is, I'm gonna make her watch this movie and tell her that it's the story of my life. :p
Seriously. This movie is worth the movie-money. And you can bring your kids, too, coz it's rated G. There was one kid in the cinema today who laughed so hard when one of the fairies dropped something, I imagined him getting instant six-pack abs. Oh, the simple joys of a child.
GUESS WHAT'S ON MY AGENDA FOR HALLOWEEN NOW!!!
Thanks to Globe for the special screening and for constantly reminding me that friends make an effort. :)
Have you seen "Maleficent" yet? What did you think? :)