I Thought Maleficent Was Magnificent (No Spoilers)
This past weekend, I went and watched Maleficent, which I’ve been excited to see since I saw the previews. I didn’t even try to act like I was going with one of the babies I love. I am perfectly overgrown and I am ok with it.
Starring Angelina Jolie as the vivacious villain, Disney’s Maleficent is a new spin on the story of Sleeping Beauty (aka Princess Aurora), played by Elle Fanning. The old fairy tale tells us that Aurora is cursed by the malevolent wench to fall into a deep sleep on her 16th birthday, only to be woken by a kiss from true love. In this film, we get to see Maleficent’s story, because there’s always two sides. And one doesn’t just do something to ridiculous just because they didn’t get invited to a christening. That would be so petty.
Anyway, this movie had me hyped because Angie J (mmhmm) seemed to be made to play the role of the mysterious, moody and magical Maleficent. I’ve secretly thought the lady had magical powers for years. She’s hella intense and she has this edge so this fits her really well. Then once I saw her in the costume, I KNEWED she was going to knock it out the park and she did.
First of all, I can’t go much further without talmbout Maleficent’s makeup and especially those cheekbones! They could cut GLASS! They contoured and highlighted Angelina FOR THE GAWDS and her face was snatched!
There’s a reason I tell makeup artists not to contour me too much. I might come out looking like Maleficent about the face. These cheekbones do enough by themselves! My face is outchea too close to being villainous because of all the angles. GOSTA be more careful!
She was stunning. Angelina knows she can rock a good LIP! Yessss! What color did they use on her? I spent the entire time wondering if I can rock this red. It is ferocious! MAC has a Maleficent collection out right now. I might have to cop one or two things from it.
Her costumes were also kick ass. She was all clad in sweeping capes and black leather alphets. Ma’am, you better werk! It was just so badass.
Beyond that though, what I loved the most about this movie was the story, which was a refreshing spin on the fairy tale. They really gave Maleficent the layers she’s been missing in other versions of the story and they gave her a heart. People aren’t born evil, and this is the story of Maleficent’s journey from a young fairy to how she became the monster with the thirst to bring pain to those who loved Aurora.
They brought us ever sinner has a future and every saint has a past realness and it was delicious. I won’t say too much because I don’t want to spoil anything but I actually fist-pumped in the theater while watching this film. Disney has a way of getting you in your feels with their films and this is no different.
Elle Fanning was a good enough Aurora, looking like the everyblonde. I did love seeing Vivienne Jolie-Pitt as little Aurora, though. That scenes was too cute! Angie has said in interviews that the reason her own daughter played the role was because other kids her age were petrified of her when she was in the Maleficent costume and Vivienne was the only one who wasn’t. Dddaaaawwww!
I thought the film was dope. It was Girl Power, it was complexity, it was visually appealling (mixture of live action and CGI). Kids will like it for the Disney-ness of it all (and the bright colors) and adults will like it for the action and fierceness.
I don’t ask for too much in films. Did the story make sense? Was I emotionally invested in the main character’s well-being? Did I feel feels (laugh, cry, cheer, jeer)? Did I have a good time watching it? Do I think others would enjoy it? The answer for all of this was YES in this one. I loved it!
SHOUTOUT to Angelina Jolie for carrying this film and owning this character. And shoutout to me for rhyming Maleficent with magnificent. You know I had to do it.
Have you seen Maleficent? Share your thoughts if so. If not, do you plan on going?
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