Thursday, June 5, 2014

Weekly Geekly: Maleficent Review


About that schedule, right?!  I swear I’ll get it right one of these weeks.  I’m going to feel so accomplished with my life when I get all three days that I had planned done.  But until then, I apologize for my lack of organization.  We’re getting there.  I hate to keep using Harry Potter as my excuse, but really, it’s all I want to do when I get home.  My messy apartment can attest to that!  But since I’m on the last book and about half-way through, I should be back to my normal life in no time.

So this Weekly Geekly is brought to you by the new Maleficent movie, which I saw on Saturday.  This post WILL contain spoilers so if you haven’t seen the movie and don’t want to know what happens, don’t read on.

I was really excited about seeing this as I’ve always thought Maleficent was a total badass and the movie should make her seem like even more of one.  Aside from Angelina Jolie’s performance (which was quite good – dem cheekbones!), I didn’t really like the movie too much.  At best, it was just okay.  I don’t like when movies or books or whatever try to make awesome villains sympathetic and that’s exactly what this movie did.  Don’t get me wrong, when Stephan cut off her wings, I felt bad, but she could have just been a villain the rest of the movie and it would have been perfect.  Unfortunately, that’s not what happened, as throughout the movie, after placing the curse on Aurora, she started to fall in love with the girl having been watching over her at a distance.  Plus, the movie ended up having what I call the Frozen Ending, in that the “true love’s kiss” that woke her was actually from Maleficent, not Phillip.  Meh.  I mean, I guess horray girl power and all that jazz, but this is a classic fairy tale and I’m okay with the two of them meeting in a forest and irrationally falling in love with each other.  That’s what fairy tales are all about, right? 

The other thing that bothered me was that instead of Maleficent being powerful enough to be able to turn herself into a dragon or anything else she wished to turn herself into, she was actually turning her crow/raven/bird into these things.  I remember watching Sleeping Beauty when I was younger and I loved when she turned into all those crazy things!  I thought that was the coolest thing.  Heck, even in Once Upon A Time they have her turning into a dragon.  But they took that away from her in the movie, and that sucked.

We also need to take into consideration that one of the fairies is played by the same actress that played Delores Umbridge in Harry Potter.  Sorry, but I just can’t like her in anything now, no matter how good she’s supposed to be. I hated Umbridge too much.  Obviously that’s a personal problem on my end, but it’s my review after all, so in it shall go.

All in all, I wasn’t too pleased with it.  Like I said, it was okay.  It wasn’t the story I enjoyed and she wasn’t the villain I wanted her to be.  I’m sure there’s plenty of people who loved the movie and will love it in the time to come, but I am not one of those people.  I think Disney villains and characters in general, really, are so well loved and protected by people that it kind of sucks when they make them into something different.  I think Once Upon A Time is doing it right (like taking the Beauty and the Beast storyline and making Rumplestiltskin the Beast – brilliant!), but leave it to them to reinvent the wheel.  We don’t need too many people jumping on board with that.

Did you see the movie?  What did you think?  Let me know in the comments below!