On this occasion, we're going to talk about Maleficent (2014), a fantasy film based on the evil witch and antagonistic fairy of the Sleeping Beauty story.
The film, starring Angelina Jolie, offers a particular and original version of the story to which the classic Disney has accustomed us. Maleficent breaks with the above and reminds us that every villain has a good, tender and kind side. Neither everything is black, nor everything is white, there are gray nuances. Not all are so good, not all are so bad. In every negative aspect, there is always a positive part.
What if Maleficent was not so malefic? What if we bring a positive change to this evil character? Perhaps we have only known this story from a single point of view.
Going a bit into its argument; Maleficent is a powerful fairy who lives in a large enchanted forest very close to the human kingdom. From a very young age, she establishes a beautiful friendship with a young farmer, Stefan. As they both grow up, they fall in love and promise true love. However, young people will end up moving away due to Stefan's excessive ambition.
At the same time, Henry, the then King of the Castle decides to conquer the enchanted kingdom where Maleficent and other magical creatures live in perfect harmony. For this, he will reward anyone who manages to kill Maleficent, protector of the magical forest, with the throne.
Faced with this proposal, Stefan, blinded by ambition and power, decides to meet Maleficent again to kill her and thus reach the promised crown. However, fond of memories of what once was his love for her, Stefan is not able to do it, and instead, cuts off her precious wings. The dying king, with Maleficent's wings as evidence of the murder, rewards Stefan by marrying him with his only daughter, Princess Flor, and making him the new king.
Maleficent, without her wings and broken with pain, with her heart shattered by Stefan's betrayal, the construction of a dark kingdom begins, becoming a sinister and evil witch.
Years later, when King Stefan and Queen Flor celebrate the baptism of their newborn daughter, Princess Aurora; Maleficent, thirsty for revenge, curses the little girl. In this way, on her sixteenth birthday, Princess Aurora will prick her finger with the spindle of a spinning wheel and sleep forever. Only a kiss of true love can wake her up.
For her safety, King Stefan sends Aurora to live with three good fairies in a forest cabin until the day after his marked birthday. Meanwhile in the castle, the king's paranoia and hatred towards Maleficent increase with each passing year.
However, every villain has a little heart. So Maleficent, despite the initial hatred towards Aurora, constantly watching the little girl, begins to take care of her secretly, protecting her and making her grow up healthy and safe. At the same time that the young Aurora grows, both princess and villain forge an intense and beautiful friendship. Then, when Maleficent is aware of the enormous affection that unites her to the princess, she tries to undo the curse but it is too late.
On her birthday, the young woman pricks her finger with the spindle of an old spinning wheel, thus fulfilling the evil spell of whom she considers her fairy godmother. Maleficent, having failed to protect the princess, tries to save her with the help of Prince Phillip, a young man who falls in love with Aurora, hoping that this is the antidote of true love that manages to break her spell.
But Prince Phillip's kiss doesn't work. Maleficent, in tears, apologizes to the princess who lies asleep and says goodbye to the girl with a tender kiss on the forehead. At that moment, Aurora manages to wake up from the lethargic dream, demonstrating that Maleficent's feelings towards the young woman were a pure act of true love.
Although everything does not end here, Maleficent will still have to deal with a mad King Stefan. Will madness and thirst revenge overcome? Will Maleficent find a second chance to forgive and be happy? Will the love and affection she has found alongside the young Aurora reign in her? Will Maleficent stop being so malefic?
Do not miss Maleficent, a film that reminds us that there are many types of true love, such as the strong and magical bond between a mother and a daughter.