Maleficent (2014) – DVD – Wickedly Evil

PG | 1h 37min | Action, Adventure, Family | 30 May 2014 (USA)

What a magical and cheesy fairy tale. An amazing adaptation of a Walt Disney’s 1959 film Sleeping Beauty. Angelina Jolie delivered an amazing performance as Maleficent.

Maleficent begins with a story of a fairy in her magical kingdom meeting a boy and they became friends throughout their childhood. At the age of sixteen, the fairy received her first kiss. As they get older, Maleficent sees that men are planning to invade her kingdom. Maleficent defends her kingdom fiercely and prevented anyone from entering. Her love visited her one night with the intention to kill Maleficent. I was like what? Why do you plan to kill your first love? But instead, he chopped her wings and brought them to the king; so,  he can be crowned king. As a result, Maleficent feels betrayed and begins her plan of vengeance.

There are many loopholes in the movie, but I understand is only a fairy tale. Fairy tale is supposed to be happy and magically making nonsense makes sense. I would like to apologize ahead of time before I decide to reveal the loopholes. One scene when Aurora is with her three godmothers. I don’t get how Aurora manages to hang out with Maleficent all day without have her three godmothers worry at all. Also, where did the prince come from? Entering the forest and meets Aurora. There are more questions about some of the characters and scenes, but I would reveal these two for now.

This film is visually appealing and different from the other Disney films. The love story is more complicated than the usual love at first sight and happily ever after. Instead it’s about love, betrayal, revenge and forgiveness. A complex inner journey  the protagonist must face and recover from a trauma of being betrayed by her first love for power. And how at first, Maleficent wanted to take revenge by cursing Aurora, but afterwards, she decides to revoke the curse and ends up unsuccessful. Now, she is looking for ways to break her own curse that she placed on Aurora. Wow, what a profound message the movie is trying to portray.

Overall, Maleficent is an amazing Disney movie. I watched in on DVD and it is surprisingly good. The beginning of the film feels like is rushes, but the second half of the film is where the fun begins. Highly recommend it for Disney fans. Maleficent is available to watch on Amazon here and FandangoNow here.


Beowulf (2007)

PG-13 | 1h 55min | Animation, Action, Adventure

I remembered watching this film back in high school for my senior year English class. Coincidentally, we were reading a literature title Beowulf  which this film is based off of. That’s why my English teacher decided to play this movie for the class. I remembered my English teacher was making fun of the CGI effects. He said that the CGI gave a six pack to the main character, but the protagonist in real-life do not have a define abs. I thought it was funny and an interesting fact to know. Okay, back to the movie review.

After watching the preview of Beowulf and I thought it would be a weird film because watching Angelina Jolie being CGIed (Is that a word?) creeps me out.  Beowulf  was a fun film and I highly recommend everyone who loves watching Lord Of The Ring franchise.  To me, Beowulf  reminded me of Lord Of The Ring because of its fantasy theme, magical creatures and fighting monsters. Overall, the movie was unique and entertaining because I watched it in English class and we had fun joking every funny and explicit scenes.

As for the movie, the plot was unique and well scripted.  Since I read the original Beowulf  story I had high expectation when watching the film. Glad that the film met my expectation.  The only downside was some of the CGI because it was one of my first time watching a CGI film. So, I thought that it looks like a video game infomercial.  Also, the part when Angelina Jolie appeared fully naked was surprising because I though it was a random Tomb Raider  character. One part that impacted me was when  I heard Beowulf had to swim seven days and nights in the sea. (No rest, What?!) I don’t recall what was it for, but I thought it was funny and while he was swimming, he fought sea monsters along the way like it wasn’t a problem. And, I thought that part in particular was funny.

Honestly, I had high expectation from this movie having read the story, and I was blown away. I never thought that Beowulf would be this entertaining and had me laughing. To this day, I still laugh at myself for some of the scenes on Beowulf. (Hahaha) Beowulf  is available on Amazon through this link and FandangoNow here.

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