You can risk your neck, wear your heart on a sleeve, live your life on the edge and so many more clichés about taking risks in life, sometimes you’ll still end up on the short end of the stick or still be kept waiting.
There’s really nothing you can do to make sure you’re 100% locked in on your dreams. Life isn’t boring to have surefire secrets to dreams or happiness.
Am I saying life sucks? yes, routinely and no, surprisingly. Am I saying there’s nothing we can do to be absolutely sure of our dreams? yes, none. So should we give up? No because there’s always a chance, it won’t be in vain and I think it’s better if we’re at least able to give out our best.
I’ve never really appreciated or believed in the whole it’s the-journey-not-the-destination thing, but I think I get it now. At least in my own comprehension of it now. I can spend my time obsessing and preparing myself for my goals and dreams but even with all those efforts, the chances of failing, by some intervening variables, are just as much as my chance of success. I can avoid the regrets by really doing my best for it, but now I realized I can’t keep thinking straight-and-steady or eyes on the prize. If I don’t look sideways, or stop every now and then, I’ll regret missing out on a lot of things and even with success, I’ll still find myself wondering what if I did some things differently.
I need to be strong, I need to be weak, I need to be happy, sad and whatever. I need to, at some point, come across and experience different emotions in order to live more differently and more about how I want to than how I should.
The next day or whenever I may or may not still be on the downside of my road to success, but at least I’ll be able to say, I lived a lot.
Directed by: Robert Stromberg from Linda Woolverton’s screenplay
Starring: Angelina Jolie, Sharlto Copley, and Elle Fanning
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Maleficent (2014) is a re-imagined fantasy film of Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty in the antagonist’s perspective of the iconic Disney Villainess, Maleficent, portrayed by Angelina Jolie. The film is about the untold story or truth of the entire fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty, with focus on the mistress of darkness, Maleficent.
The dark fantasy film displayed an alternate truth to the classic tale of Sleeping Beauty. The story is about her past when she was a young faerie that soars the sky with her powerful wings, she met the young Stefan, who back then, still dreams of just entering the castle, a human kingdom bordered by the magical realm called Moors, where Maleficent and the other magical creature lives. Growing up, the two became unlikely friends, and even a lover at some point. An innocence about true love, a man consumed by greed for power, both have led to the beloved fairy tale’s famous sleeping curse cast upon princess Aurora (played by Elle Fanning), daughter of king Stefan. Maleficent is a film about how and why the wickedness was born within the once magnificent faerie. A story of a bitter ex, and what she could do if she has the power to take revenge, and it just so happens, she’s a powerful faerie.
Garnering a lot of mixed reviews from critics, the movie Maleficent, is still a must-watch film in my opinion, despite how some might argue that it did not live up to expectations of being a dark fantasy, filled with Maleficent’s chaotic power. The film had more lighter and heart warming scenes than the people have expected. Personally, I find that predictable. It is after all, a Disney film so a plot twist and heart-touching scenes should have been expected and quite frankly, I think it would have been more disappointing if it followed the classic tale, where Maleficent remains the villain through and through.
I like how Disney gave an alternate story of light and heroism to an infamous villain. To me, that wasn’t a let down but a breakthrough from their usual films. I especially loved the part that Angelina’s own daughter, Vivenne Jolie-Pitt, played in the film as well as Aurora when she was still very little. I have to say, that had the most Disney magic in the entire film.
I don’t know if some people actually thought that Maleficent’s reasons for wanting revenge is petty, but if in case some do (or you do as well) I would beg to differ. Her wings, something she values the most about herself, were clipped and stolen by the man she loved, and finding out that it was all because of his ambition for power, is truly a devastating knowledge to know. I can’t imagine anyone not wanting revenge especially if they have the means to do it. In this case, her magic.
I also applaud Disney for once again, making true love different from love (or admiration) at first sight. Following the path of the acclaimed great plot twist from Frozen, true love in Maleficent manifested in the form of parental-like love since Maleficent herself, practically raised Aurora. I’m glad that Disney is starting to move on from true love within half an hour to true love tested by time and effort. And that it doesn’t just come from a dashing prince who was bewildered by a princess’s beauty and grace. True love is expressed in more than just one form and that it certainly doesn’t just happen in one day of meeting by chance. Maleficent has proven her true love for Aurora when she has seen the light once again as a faerie through Aurora, she tried her best to revoked the curse and when Aurora found out the truth and hated her, she did not give up and instead she risked her life to break her own curse. True love means being loved truly by someone. It didn’t matter if Aurora also felt the same since she hated Maleficent when she found out the truth.
While I find the movie truly a delight and insightful to watch for a Disney film, I am not without at least a question about it. I think Maleficent accidentally set herself to fail when she cast her curse. Now I understood that Maleficent fell in love with Aurora because she practically raised her and that broke her curse, but wasn’t she under her own spell at that time? For those who have seen the film as well, you’ll remember that she allowed the first blessings cast upon Aurora to remain; beauty and grace and to be loved by everyone around her. And when Maleficent was casting the curse she mentioned that it’d be unbreakable by no power until it is fulfilled, and when she tried to revoke the curse herself later on, she couldn’t do it. It proves that the curse is unbreakable and powerful; Powerful enough to influence even her, being around Aurora so much, she learned to love her as well. Of course some would argue that Maleficent’s love for Aurora was because she was a loving faerie before she was tainted by betrayal, and that Aurora was simply the girl who reminded her of that but in my opinion, I think it’s her own magic that failed her but I guess we can leave this matter as open to interpretation.
Moral lesson? Don’t curse anyone when you’re mad. And if you’re going to do it, watch your words.
Over-all, I find the movie impressively written and filmed. If you haven’t seen the film, I recommend that you watch it as soon as you can when you’re free. And yes, I am biased to say that it’s because Angelina Jolie played Maleficent and that she is gorgeous. To be honest, I think some of the scenes were more for showing Jolie’s modelesque beauty than to help explain the story. Either way, they were pleasing to the eyes.
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