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Who’s Afraid Of Maleficent? – A Tale of Magic, Betrayal and True Love

We’ve all heard of the story of the dark sorceress who was snubbed from the royal christening.  She gifts the baby princess with a deathly wish,  Aurora grows up and pricks her finger as foretold, falls into a deep sleep instead (Merriwether’s handiwork) and is saved by a dashing prince who slays the dragon and thereafter plants  his true love’s kiss on Sleeping Beauty.  That’s the  fairytale in two sentences.

 

MALEFICENT strip

 

VILLAINESS REINVENTED

Vill vs Princess

Drew Barrymore brought  Cinderella to life on the big screen via the movie “Ever After”.  Her cruel stepmother was played by the indefatigable Angelica Houston  (The Witches, Addams Family).  Then Kristen Stewart  (of “Twilight” fame) played Snow White and battled against the beautiful Charlize Theron (Evil Queen ) in “Snow White and the Hunstman”.   Playing Princess seems to be in vogue these days as another cherub-like actress  is cast to play the king’s daughter.  Elle Fanning  (Dakota’s younger sister)  plays Aurora and her curse-wielding hater is no less than Hollywood’s true royalty Angelina Jolie. All  vilainnesses are wide -ranged thespians (Oscar winners-all), have high, sculptured cheekbones and eyebrows that are trained to arch this way and that.  But more on the actors later.

 

NOT-YOUR-RUN-OF-THE-MILL-FAIRYTALE

In the latest Disney offering, moviegoers get to know the “real” Maleficent.  She is a young,  black-winged fairy who is pure in spirit and is the strongest defender of her realm against those who live on the other side (the humans).  The tree-guards capture a human boy because of thievery, she forgives him and they  become friends.  The boy Stephan  learns that iron hurts the fairies.  Their friendship turns into affection and on Maleficent ‘s sixteenth birthday he kisses her as a sign of his true love.

Stephan becomes occupied with worldly ambitions and forgets about his fairy girlfriend.  Maleficent  grows stronger– so strong that she was able to defeat the king’s army.  The king promises the throne to whoever can kill Maleficent.  Scheming Stephan returns to the magical realm, tricks Maleficent into drinking wine laced with sleeping potion and slices her wings.  This is probably the most poignant scene in the movie.  Maleficent wakes up and realizes that not only has she been betrayed but she has been violated as well.  She screams.

Betrayal does things to a woman. Maleficent picks up herself, changes her attitude and plans revenge.  She arrives uninvited to the castle, brings King Stephan to his knees and triumphantly announces that only  true love’s kiss can break her lifetime spell of sleep-like death. She knows for sure that the princess is doomed because “true love’s kiss” does not exist.   The King entrusts the baby to three half-wit fairies and orders all the spinning wheels destroyed. But unlike the fairytale that we’ve all come to believe, it is Maleficent that takes care of “Beastie” ( her nickname for the princess).  The three fairies are bumbling characters with their magic and a trainwreck without their wands.

With her shapeshifting black crow, Maleficent watches over Aurora as the child grows up.  She reveals herself to the girl and was surprised when the princess says. “I know who you are! YOU”RE MY GODMOTHER! Your shadow has been following me ever since I was small!”  Maleficent realizes that she cares for Beastie and tries to reverse the curse. I will stop here so as not to spoil the ending for you.  Remember though that this is a fairy tale and all have happy endings. :)

 

TRES JOLIE

From  being a self-destructing addict in “Girl Interrupted” to being an undercover spy in “Mr. and Mrs. Smith ” to playing my most favorite villainess “Maleficent”, Angelina Jolie has proven that she’s a true chameleon.  Her razor sharp cheekbones are enough to kill Stephan, in my opinion. (Why oh why didn’t they cast a better looking actor to play Stephan?!! Were Bradley Cooper, Gerard Butler, or Rodrigo Santoro all on vacation???)  The one brow lift, the appropriate “uh’s” and the facial expressions that only Jolie can muster makes me want to practice in front of the mirror. Hahaha

Im not afraid

Disney Cast

The CAST

 

RAISING A STREET SMART  PRINCESS AND A TRUE BLUE PRINCE

There are quite a few learnings from this movie.  All girls will experience first love, heartbreak and hopefully true love in their lifetime.  The road to adolescence however is never easy.  As a parent to a three year old daughter, I will warn her about the pitfalls of “falling” in love.  In the movie, Maleficent was assaulted while she was passed out and helpless.  This can very well happen (and has in fact happened to many victims) in real life.  We must do our part in educating our daughters and ALSO our sons.  It’s not enough to be a beautiful girl, we must tell our daughters that being level-headed is also a must.  There is a time to love, a time to say “NO” and a time to let go.  And if there’s a fitting example as to how to find and treat a girlfriend , it is Paolo Ledesma ‘s advice to his son Diego (from the PLDTHome DSL TV campaign “Ask Diego)  that sums it all — “Treat her like your MAMA.”  Falling in love can be a beautiful thing if both individuals have good intentions.  MALEFICENT has certainly taught us that true love comes in many forms — and in the film, from the most unlikely person.

at the movies

Daddy Paolo Ledesma has the best advice when looking for a girlfriend --- Treat her like your MAMA!

Daddy Paolo Ledesma has the best advice when looking for a girlfriend — Treat her like your MAMA!

 

The BQP's fambam with the Ledesma family and the Lagdameo family.  All use the family-size PLDTHOMEDSL for great family bonding moments. :)

The BQP’s fambam with the Ledesma’s and the Lagdameo family. All use the family-size PLDTHOMEDSL for great family bonding moments. :)

*Pictures from the movie are from the FB page of Maleficent. No infringement intended.

THE BQP’S ROYAL QUESTIONS

You may answer any of the following

1. Who is your favorite DISNEY villain and why?

2. Who is your favorite DISNEY princess and why?

 

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With a pocketful of glitter,

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9 replies
  1. haroldmonica1989 says:

    There’s goodness in everyone. Others just let it brew for a long time and wait for the right time to come out. Goodness always triumphs over evil. Might take awhile but still it beats wickedness.

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  2. Ma. Clarice Lao - Itumay says:

    My favorite Disney Villain is URSULA from the Little Mermaid for these reasons:

    T – The evil sea witch really knows how to persuade or I can
    H – Her trickery is very effective
    E – Every prisoner she had was trapped because of the deal and agreements she made with them.

    B – Being a witch allowed her disguise her look which is
    U – Ultimately cool for me. Deception at its simplest form to pretend to be someone else.
    S – She is hated by the animals. It was funny when they attacked her on the ship.
    Y – Young seals throwing her and birds in between her legs made her lose her balance.

    Q – Quite a mom, she still cares about other beings even if she is evil. She loved her baby eels.
    U – Ursula’s outfit — a black dress is elegant without the tentacles.
    E – Even her lipstick is red — she is indeed a fashionista
    E – Eventhough she is really fat. (LOL)
    N – Nonetheless, I love her being the villain because her idea paved the way for the happy ending of Ariel and the Prince.

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  3. Mabie Achuchu says:

    My favorite Disney villain is the greatest witch of them all, the Wicked Queen in Snow White! :-)

    I’ve been a big fan since I was a little girl. In fact, I even bought a book that tells the story of Snow White, narrated by the Wicked Queen herself. The title of the book is “Fairest of All: A Tale of the Wicked Queen” by Serena Valentino. :-)

    I hope Disney produces a movie based on this book. :-) It gives a different perspective on the Wicked Witch, which makes the readers understand where she is coming from. From this book, and the Maleficent movie, we learn that there is goodness in everyone. :-)

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  4. Eddielli Bungay says:

    I think my favorite villain is Pete the villain of three Major Disney Characters, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy. Actually among the villain of Disney I think Pete is the most soft-hearted because from the movie Goof troop where he played a role of more than a schemer than a villain. But after all he is the fellow i love to hate despite of his failed evil missions.

    My favorite Disney princess is Belle! she is not really a princess in fact she lived with her old grandfather! I like her because she is very down-to-earth and her character is not like the other princesses who has a true-royal blood. She live simply and because of the her simple life the beast have fallen in love with her. She is not your ordinary Disney princess!

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  5. Annette P. Mangahas says:

    I love Disney so when I read this blog from BQP, I decided to give my comment too.
    I chose Princess Elsa from the movie “Frozen”. One of my favorites not only the theme song but the story as well. In some ways we have the some traits :) She acts calm & reserved. From being pressured she decided o isolate herself and she just keeps things to herself rather than to communicate. Personally speaking, I’ll do the same also and if it’s already the perfect time to reveal and share then I’ll do so.

    One thing more I liked about Elsa – She is sensitive towards other people and their well- being. She truly care for her family and her kingdom as more than just a position. To add also…She has a stonger control over her abilities in order to save those she cares about.
    For a young lady like Elsa with a powerful position, I should say, her feet was really leveled on the ground. Thumbs up for such a wonderfurl trait :)

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