|Posted by john Donnelly on June 10, 2014 at 9:25 AM|
Maleficent was a amazing movie, great story, great cast, great special effects, worth watching.
Maleficent is a 2014 fantasy adventure film directed by Robert Stromberg from a screenplay by Linda Woolverton. Starring Angelina Jolie as the eponymous Disney villainess character, the film is a live-action re-imagining of Walt Disney's 1959 animated film Sleeping Beauty, and portrays the story from the perspective of the antagonist, Maleficent.wiki
Principal photography took place between June and October 2012. The film was released by Walt Disney Pictures in the UK on May 28, 2014 and in the U.S. on May 30, 2014 in the Disney Digital 3D, RealD 3D, and IMAX 3D formats, as well as in conventional theaters. The film has been met with mixed reviews from critics.
An elderly woman narrates and tells the story of Maleficent, a young and very powerful fairy living in the Moors, a magical realm bordering a human kingdom. As a young girl, she meets a human peasant boy named Stefan. As they grow older, they begin to fall in love, however Stefan's wishes take him away to the castle, and his love for Maleficent is overshadowed by his ambition to become king. They begin to drift apart until Stefan stops coming to see her on the border between the two kingdoms. After Maleficent defeats the king in battle, the king becomes fatally ill and offers his crown to whoever kills Maleficent. Stefan visits her at night and they fall in love all over again, but his lust for power drives Stefan to attempt to kill her. He cannot bring himself to kill her, and instead, he cuts off her wings using an iron chain and presents them to the king as proof she was slain. Maleficent awakens, and heartbroken by Stefan's betrayal and the loss of her wings, screams out in agony. Maleficent begins to show a dark side to her sweet and innocent personality, as she officially takes over the fairy kingdom and makes a throne with her magic. Maleficent saves the life of a crow named Diaval by turning him into a human. He swears to serve her for life, as her one companion and confidant, constantly being shape-shifted from man to bird and other animals as she needs him.
Some time later, Maleficent sends Diaval to the castle to update their status, to which he returns to inform her that the king (now married to the former king's daughter) has had a baby girl named Aurora. As revenge for Stefan's betrayal, Maleficent arrives uninvited and curses the baby with a sleeping curse to take effect on her 16th birthday after pricking her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel. However, in an act of mercy towards the innocent baby, she gives the curse an antidote in true love's kiss, which she believes does not exist. Stefan, paranoid of Maleficent and her vengeance against him, orders all the spinning wheels in the kingdom to be burned and locked away, and he sends Aurora off to live with three pixies hidden deep in the woods until the day after her 16th birthday.
Despite her initial dislike for Aurora, Maleficent begins caring for her from afar when the neglectful pixies fail to care for her. When Aurora is 15, she finally comes in contact with Maleficent, believing her to be her fairy godmother as she recalled being watched over by her all her life. Maleficent allows Aurora to spend more time in the fairy kingdom. Realizing she has grown fond of the princess, Maleficent attempts to revoke the curse, but failing to do so as she made it so that it could not be revoked by any power, not even her own. When Aurora meets Prince Phillip, the two of them fall in love instantly. He tells her he is on his way to King Stefan's castle, but promises to return to see her. On the day before her 16th birthday, Aurora expresses her wish to live with Maleficent in her kingdom, which Maleficent allows in the hope that doing so will prevent the curse. However, the pixies let slip truth about Aurora's parentage and Maleficent's curse. Heartbroken by the truth, Aurora runs from Maleficent and the pixies and back to her father.
Stefan locks Aurora away after a quick and heartless reunion. However, she escapes from her locked room and wanders inside a dungeon that holds all the burned up spinning wheels. A new and unburned spinning wheel magically forms, and the curse takes hold and she pricks her finger upon its spindle. Having failed to protect the princess, Maleficent sneaks into the castle with Phillip, hoping his brief meeting with Aurora in the woods will be enough to break the curse. Phillip's kiss fails, however, and Maleficent apologizes to the princess, swearing no harm will come to her while she sleeps, and kisses her forehead. Aurora awakens, as Maleficent's "true love" for Aurora is that of a mother to her daughter, and reaffirms her wish to live with her in the fairy kingdom. As they attempt to flee the castle, Maleficent is captured by an iron net that falls from the ceiling from an ambush of angry guards. The guards and Stefan, in iron armor and using iron weapons, beat and torture a disoriented Maleficent. Using her last power, Maleficent transforms Diaval into a dragon and while they initially hold the upper ground, they soon begin to lose as the guards restrain Diaval. Maleficent is nearly killed before Aurora frees Maleficent's stolen wings from their glass case. With her wings restored, Maleficent overpowers Stefan and he eventually falls to his death. Aurora is later named queen of both the humans and fairies by Maleficent, forever unifying the two kingdoms, while Phillip joins her. The narrator then reveals her identity as Aurora. The film ends with her saying that the kingdoms had been united by not a hero or a villain as foretold, but by someone who was both a hero and a villain -- Maleficent.