Now, even with this in mind, I was curious to see what the fuss was about. Jolie can channel feminine darkness with strength, poise and a resilient sensibility which makes her character study quite intriguing. Plus, the idea of presenting a classic tale from the villain's perspective is brave and refreshing.
Without giving too much away, I have to say -- I loved it. Those expecting vicious revenge might be sorely disappointed, but it is a story about depth. Maleficent hides in the shadows, hating Aurora from afar for most of her childhood. But with the passage of time, one can see her hatred transform into annoyance, and annoyance into begrudging admiration, until we see that she is genuinely charmed by the girl. While the journey might feel uneventful for some, there is a truly vicious element to Maleficent -- a stoic, dark figure clad in black, almost reminiscent of an archetype with her spiraling horns and prominent red lips. But maybe one needs to appreciate Aurora's innocence in order to truly perceive Maleficent's
Aurora's innocence and complete vulnerability induce both eerie horror at her fate and fascination at her openness. #scaredshitless
Overall, the movie is an exploration of the mother-daughter bond -- and even the good mother/bad mother complex. I especially liked how [highlight to see spoiler] It was Maleficent's kiss that woke Aurora from her slumber [/end spoiler]. A truly refreshing angle for true love. Also, the resolution for Maleficent's plight is well-deserved, and the King's angle is dark and interesting in its own right. In fact, whoever hoped for the formulaic approach of "good punishes bad" might consider keeping an open mind while enjoying the plot twists.