I have finally watched the film Maleficent (thanks to my three year old niece) and i couldn’t be more moved or more empathetic towards the entirety of it. Getting into it, i was unsure how the movie would take place, unknowing that it would lead up to the exact story of Aurora (aka Sleeping Beauty). As Maleficent (played by Angelina Jolie) grows, her heart turns cold when her young love leaves her and the kingdom of the Humans and the Fairies (and other mystical beings) fight to the death. Maleficent is bitter in feeling that all humans are evil and that she must stand up for her people and for herself, as this is all she has left. When the Human’s kingdom gets driven off by the Fairies, their king is near death. His final command is that someone avenge him and demolish the “winged creature”. Whomever can step up, will become the great Successor and hold the throne. It just so happens that Stephan (Maleficent’s childhood love) knows who this creature is and seems emotionally torn between the throne and his heart, but greed gets the better of him. Stephan finds Maleficent and ultimately fools her into love. He takes advantage of her and she Maleficent wakes in the morning, alone, her wings have been torn off of her. Leaving her vulnerable, self-conscious, and broken-hearted – once again. The moment Maleficent realizes what has happened to her, an incredibly moving performance, by Angelina, takes place and you can almost feel the hurt and the individuality that has been stipped from the fairy. Wow.
Eventually, Maleficent will not hide away in her sorrow when she sets out to make something happen, and ultimately finds a crow captured by a peasant. She turns the crow into a human and he is freed from the net. This character then becomes Maleficent’s eyes and ears of all the land – spying of “King” Stephan. News about a baby being brought to the world by the King and his Queen arrives and as we know the story, during the Christening of the child, a curse is bestowed upon the child bada-bing bada-boom: a death sentence to young Aurora. Maleficent spends all of her years watching over, coincidentally like a God Mother, Aurora and the Fairies she was sent to live with. An interpersonal encounter between Maleficent and young Aurora occurs and this makes Maleficent very uneasy. As she has lived a life of spite towards the Human’s and love itself, she sees the innocence in the eyes of young Aurora. Ultimately, when the two cross paths again, Aurora feels that with Maleficent, is where she needs to be. They spend their days together and Maleficent grows fond of the beauty and grace of Aurora, as if she was her own daughter. The irony of the story comes in when a young prince meets Aurora and fancies her greatly. To be continued…


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