Maleficent By Robert Stromberg: Film Analysis

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The story of Sleeping Beauty is an enthralling fairytale about a girl who was cursed by a malicious villain named Maleficent. This fairytale has provided the basic definition of good and evil -- that is, until the live action film, directed by Robert Stromberg, appeared in 2014. Maleficent begins with a flashback to her childhood years, and progresses through her teenage years straight to adulthood. Through this progression, Maleficent meets Stefan, whom she believes to be her true love, but is betrayed time and time again. Maleficent releases her anger by cursing Stefan’s child, Aurora, and soon comes to regret her rash decision as she grows close to the young girl (Maleficent). In Disney’s 2014 motion picture film Maleficent, many criterions …show more content…
From the moment that Aurora first met Maleficent, she has called Maleficent her “fairy godmother.” Angelina Jolie’s (Maleficent) performance is phenomenal, and makes the audience pay closer attention to every move that she makes. When Aurora approaches her in the beginning, the audience can see and feel her conflicted emotions as she pretends to fulfil the role of fairy godmother that Aurora looks up to (weebly.com). As the film progresses, more of Maleficent’s opposing feelings appear as she starts to become Aurora’s “fairy godmother.” As this change happens, Maleficent starts to lose sight of why she cursed Aurora in the first place, and assumes this role to ensure Aurora’s trust in her. Even though this movie doesn’t have many successful criterions, Maleficent’s portrayal of Aurora’s fairy godmother gives Maleficent the persona of the protagonist, and reflects on the original intent of this …show more content…
In the 2014 film, there are many different parts that contradict with the original fairytale, such as Maleficent’s ability to locate Aurora; but the entire plotline of the film differs greatly from the plotline of Sleeping Beauty. In Sleeping Beauty, Maleficent casts a curse on Aurora solely because she was not invited to her christening; whereas in Maleficent, she casts a curse on Aurora because she wanted to hurt King Stefan like he hurt her. The only elements of this live-action film that were exactly the same as the original film are some of the characters’ names and Aurora’s curse itself. Since Maleficent’s backstory on how she became evil before Aurora’s christening went partly unexplained, the audience is misled, thinking that Aurora’s part of the original fairy tale will have some sort of connected flow in the 2014 version when it clearly doesn’t (weebly.com). Because of Maleficent’s curse, “Aurora is squired away... [and] grows up… under the gaze of Maleficent,” which, in terms of the original fairytale, makes no sense (riosalado.edu). In Sleeping Beauty, Maleficent is unable to find Aurora’s cottage, no matter how hard she looks. In this film, Maleficent is able to locate Aurora immediately after she is taken into hiding in the woods, when Aurora is, technically, supposed to be hiding from the evil fairy that

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