Maleficent explores the untold story of Disney's most iconic villain from the classic Sleeping Beauty and the elements of her betrayal that ultimately turn her pure heart to stone. Driven by revenge and a fierce desire to protect the moors over which she presides Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) cruelly places an irrevocable curse on the human king's newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows Aurora is caught in the middle of the seething conflict between the forest kingdom she has grown to love and the human kingdom that holds her legacy. Maleficent realizes that Aurora may hold the key to peace in the land and is forced to take drastic actions that will change both worlds forever.from£5.54 | RRP:
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 or region free DVD player in order to play The untold story of Disney&39;s most fearsome villainess comes to life in this dark fantasy starring Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning An unspeakable act of betrayal shapes a pure hearted young girl into the dreaded Mistress of All Evil
Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning star in this Academy Award-nominated live action fantasy prequel to the 1959 Disney animation based on the classic fairytale. The beautiful Maleficent (Jolie) is a kind-natured woman but when she is betrayed while protecting her peaceful kingdom from an army invasion her heart begins to turn to stone. Maleficent takes her vengeance by putting a curse on Princess Aurora (Vivienne Jolie-Pitt), the young child of her enemy's successor. Over time, however, Aurora (Fanning) grows into a young woman and Maleficent comes to understand that the princess may be the only one who can bring peace back to the kingdom. The film also stars Sharlto Copley, Juno Temple, Brenton Thwaites, Imelda Staunton and Sam Riley.
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Maleficent - Mistress of all evil? You think you know Beauty? Think again!
Robert Stromberg's 97 minutes of pure fantasy escapism will change all we know about the infamous character of Maleficent. With his previous award winning production design work on movies such as 'Avatar', 'Alice in Wonderland' and 'Oz the Great and Powerful', we are instantly transported to two realms firmly at war with one another: the 'human' world - a bleak, oppressive realm, which proves to be a stark contrast to the bright, visually stunning 'faerie' realm. The movie centres around Maleficent, protector of the faerie realm and her relationship with the human Stefan, future King of the human realm and father of Aurora, the 'Sleeping Beauty' whose cursed life is a result of his opportunistic rise to power.
Angelina Jolie is flawless as the beautiful, but deadly protagonist at the centre of this epic fairy tale. From the beginning to the end we see her supernatural character demonstrate human qualities as she experiences the cruelty of man in the 'human' world. Perceived as a threat by the human realm for being different, Maleficent is left ostracized by a society who doesn't understand the very personal nature of her exile by the now King of the human realm and as a result embarks on her quest for vengeance against the man that betrayed her. A woman betrayed and her journey for revenge, be it a supernatural one, is a universal theme that makes her character less 'evil' and demonstrates a more human quality that makes the character easier to relate to.
Stromberg's recreation of Disney's 1959 'Sleeping Beauty' christening scene, which for many has been set in stone in the minds of countless generations of Disney movie enthusiasts, does not disappoint. Uninvited by the King (Sharlto Copley), Maleficent presents herself to an anxious King Stefan and his Queen, who is wearing an item stolen many years ago from the faerie realm when Maleficent and Stefan met as children. Further enraging the newly crowned 'Queen of the Moors', Maleficent unleashes her formidable retribution in the from of a curse, a sleep like death upon the new born Princess by pricking her finger upon a spinning wheel on her 16th Birthday, 'True Loves Kiss', providing the only power of restoration.
You think you know the rest right? Wrong! Banning all spinning wheels from the kingdom, King Stefan places his daughter into the protective arms of three pixies: 'Flittle', 'Knotgrass' and 'Thistletwit', brilliantly played by Lesley Manville, Imelda Staunton and Juno Temple, produce an ameliorating effect to the darker tone of the movie. It is during the second half of the movie that we see a more playful nature to Maleficent's character. As Maleficent encounters the Princess Aurora several times as she grows older, played by Jolie's own daughter Vivienne Jolie-Pitt and Eleanor Worthington-Cox and later by the incomparable Ellie Fanning as the 16 year old Aurora, there is a renaissance in her maternal feelings that have remained buried, wrapped up in hate and vengeance for Aurora's father. This maternal instinct will ultimately be the key to unlocking the deadly curse and providing a uniformed future for both the human and faerie realms alike as her dark heart begins to lighten.
With a score by James Newton Howard, drawing you into the action we can hardly help but be taken along for a rollercoaster ride - soaring high through the clouds before returning to the depths of despair and back again, Newton Howard's score will leave no emotional stone unturned.
Maleficent proves to be a timeless tale, with its strength lying in the foundation of underlying adult themes and subtext to be enjoyed for generations to come.
Still the Mistress of all evil? Think again.
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