Growing up with fairytales in book and movie form, I’ve always had a soft spot for them. There’s nothing quite like a beautiful story in a land far, far away where people inevitably live ‘happily ever after’. I can’t help but fall head over heels for it.
Sleeping Beauty was no exception, and endearing at best. But Maleficent was grand.
You know how they say that ‘change is the only constant’? I believe that to be true. This was a transition from Disney’s beautiful animation to Disney’s even more beautiful Angelina Jolie fairytale. If this is the type of spin on fairytales in the 21st Century, I was definitely born in the right era.
I spent the morning of Monday watching the glorious movie. You know that feeling you get after watching a truly great movie, one where it was so in depth and you clung to it like your childhood had depended on it, and yet you’re enlightened and have that inner sob within you knowing that it happened that way – a blend of a variety of emotions. Maleficent gave me that.
It encompassed everything from youthful joy, greed, love, betrayal and, most important of all, magic. It touched on everything that a mortal life has to offer with its light and demons, the good and the evil, and the clueless fairies in between who come in all shapes and sizes.
There are always two sides to a story, and this tale was no exception. Perspectives were changed in ways I could not have imagined. Maleficent was all sorts of beautiful, from start to end, and will always be that way in my mind.
It taught me various lessons:
- People can move from pure, but viewed as nothing in society, to becoming as great as a King with many loyal subjects, if done via the right channels or not. However, if not done with integrity and goodness, he who is now great with jewels at his calling, will forever be looking over his shoulder for his unspeakable deeds to catch up with him.
- Goodness and faith can be overturned as swiftly as dusk transforms to dawn.
- Humans can be selfish and their greed can overturn their souls, sometimes at any cost.
- True love’s kiss doesn’t have to come from a handsome prince on an expertly brushed white steed.
- There is evil in this world that we cannot be contained from by being bubble wrapped and placed in a treasure chest.
- Angelina Jolie is a brilliant actress, with crazy good cheek bones.
And, of course it had one of those one-liner endings that make you swoon:
“In the end, my kingdom was united not by a hero or a villain, as legend had predicted, but by one who was both, hero and villain…
And her name was Maleficent.”