There's a difference between hearing a villain's story and witnessing events that led to calling a hero a villain. “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” is that and more.
Having someone like Angelina Jolie, play the role of a Disney character who is the embodiment of evil is true magic; She brings the character to life. I had not experienced a movie that kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time in a while.
Although the live-action movies of Maleficent is somewhat opposite of the animated Disney film "Sleeping Beauty," I couldn't help but admire the work of art the movie made when telling the story from the villains’ perspective rather than your typical princess perspective.
Maleficent, having fallen in love with a baby she cursed and later raised, depicts the mother role Maleficent played to Princess Aurora, played by Elle Fanning. The transition between an evil witch to a mother-like figure, was heartfelt moment. It also showed how there will always be kindness and love inside an evil heart no matter how tough one may seem.
What I enjoyed in Mistress of Evil, was the computer-generated imagery in the movie. The movie does a terrific job of making everything cohesive and well balanced between what is fake and what is real. If you’re a tech-savvy person, you consciously know the CGI placements but sometimes the job is so well done one disregards the placements and indulges in the masterpiece.
What is also admirable of the movie, is the life lesson of family. It depicts greed in a family and what that greed does to one another, which leads to a fault in one’s own family and breaks them apart. It also displays, the affection of a mother who will do anything at all costs to protect her child; having the movie display these scenes of affection, made me thankful for my parents and their unconditional love for me.
What I didn't enjoy about the movie is the family corruption between the royal family and Princess Aurora's betrayal to Maleficent for not believing her mother. Scenes depicting greed and betrayal that lead to war made me uncomfortable; it raised rage in me, seeing a daughter be blinded by love and seeing these horrendous events take place due to greed.
Maleficent taught me two valuable lessons. First, hold your parents dear to you because you don't know how long you have with them. Second, taking a stand for change is sometimes needed to ignite a new beginning.
People into the world of science fiction and fantasy would enjoy this movie because it is a work of art that leaves you wishing for more. This movie, however, is not for people who are into happy endings. It is a twist of action on Disney’s happily ever after.