Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Mesmerizing Maleficent

The film starring the maleficent magnificent Angelina Joile deserves every credit I have in my pocket. It was an amazing experience to see the world of Sleeping Beauty through the villain, Maleficent's perspective. In this version, a large portion of the film was dedicated to the backstory of the evil-as-we-know-in-Sleeping-Beauty Maleficent, from when she was still a little fairy. She was actually an adorable and loving fairy who continues to be so when she grows up. Yes, until the day comes when she changes. What prompts her transformation? The betrayal of the mortal she has been in love with for many years. Her transformation into the wicked witch paves the way for a definite revenge.

Moments To Look Forward To
Before you walk into the theater, you should be well-prepared what to look for in the movie. I have come up with the following list in case you need it (you're welcome):
  1. Maleficent's voice. Jolie said she turned to a lot of British theater actresses' performances to learn how she could use her voice to give a certain depth to her role.
  2. Maleficent's dazzling contact lenses. Be ready to get your eyes glue to the screen whenever Jolie's close-up shot is on the screen. It would be a strenuous process to take your eyes off hers.
  3. Maleficent's horns. Through the filming process, Jolie had to use horns of different weights because some of them was too heavy and might have the potentiality to break her neck. Can you spot them all?
  4. Special effects. Duh.
  5. The 3 fairy godmothers and Princess Aurora. You can't do a Sleeping Beauty film without them, can you? No, you can't.
  6. The Lana Del Rey song at the end credits. Pretty much one of the biggest highlights of the film. Be sure to stay longer for the song after the film ends and as the closing credits start rolling.
  7. There's a twist. There's always a twist, a turn, a detour, or an unexpected event that unveils itself after...well, well, I'll leave you to find that out.

Maleficent Is Jolie's Childhood Favorite
Jolie spoke of her fondness for the malicious character. "Since I was a little girl, Maleficent was always my favorite," Jolie said. "I was terrified of her, but I was also drawn to her. I wanted to know more about her. She had this elegance and grace, yet she was wonderfully, deliciously cruel." Through this film, we get to see another side of the villain in-depth that proves she might not be as atrocious as we thought she was.

Jolie Handpicked Lana Del Rey To Sing "Once Upon A Dream"
Jolie was reportedly the mastermind behind choosing Lana Del Rey to sing the main theme for the film. And it was one of the greatest things about this film. The song self-evidently crowns itself one of the major STARS prior to the release, as it was used in various little revealing trailers of the film as a marketing campaign. The song itself is a dark rendition of the song featured in the original Sleeping Beauty animation. Del Rey's mysterious and alluring low register place a layer of dark tone over the originally-joyful-and-spirited song and it plays a huge part in bringing the audience into the world of Maleficent.

Her Daughter As Young Aurora
Jolie and Pitt's daughter, Vivienne Jolie-Pitt, was cast as young Aurora, and there's a reason to it. Jolie admitted that after her appearance scared little kids at the set when she was in costume, with one kid saying to his mom, "Mommy, please get the mean witch to stop talking to me." Her daughter was the only kid who wasn't scared of her. So there you have it.

Possible Sequel?
It is reported that, during her trip to Shanghai, Jolie spoke of the possibility of reprising her role. “It’s kind of hard to top her, she was pretty fun. Maybe I’ll get the chance to play her again,” said Jolie. So, who knows? Maybe we'll get to see her in costume again in a few year's time. Meanwhile, we can wait for the release of DVD and blu-ray, or, the arrival of Halloween, where, I'm sure, dressing as Maleficent will be a big hit around the neighborhood.

A fan poses at the opening night of Maleficent at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California.


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