Maleficent, a 2014 American fantasy movie directed by Robert Stromberg, is about the untold story of Disney’s most notorious villain from the classic Sleeping Beauty. Starring Angelina Jolie as the protagonist, the movie explores the elements that turn Maleficent from a kind-hearted fairy to a horrendous antagonist.
The story begins when Maleficent is not yet a vicious devil but a powerful young fairy loved by every creature in the magical and mysterious Moors. As time flies, she becomes the protector of her wonderland as well as falls in love with an ambitious boy from human’s world named Stefan. However, bright days seems to never last for long, and here comes a twist as the betrayal of her beloved one turns the deeply hurt Maleficent to a terrifying dark fairy. Driven by revenge, subsequently, she places an irrevocable curse on King Stefan’s newborn princess Aurora. As the child grows, the dark fairy cannot deny her motherly love for her, thus realizing that drastic actions must be taken not only to break her evil curse but also permanently change both worlds.
Besides having several creative and impressive details in the plot, the movie has achieved notable success in technical as well as visual effects. There is a great wealth of spectacular scenes of the charming Moors, the stunning flying ones of the protagonist along with the vicious fight at the end of the film. Likewise, a variety of distinctive costumes is properly used to partly depict the personalities of different characters. The wonderful soundtrack with haunting rhythms, furthermore, plays an essential part in making the film smooth and eye-catching as well.
It would be a mistake not to mention the brilliant acting of the actress Angelina Jolie, whose performance successfully and lively portrays two opposing sides of the iconic villain Maleficent. Sharlto Copley as King Stefan acts superbly whilst Elle Fanning as Aurora does a quite dull acting. Nevertheless, the cast still effectively transfers the core message: love is the most beautiful and powerful thing in the world that can turn a villain to a hero.
By and large, despite still having some flaws, Maleficent itself provides new perspectives on things and a wide range of fascinating scenes, all of which make it well worth seeing. I would have no hesitation in recommending this movie to those who enjoy both highly entertaining films and to some extend thought provoking.