‘Maleficent’: A Modern Fairytale

BY Jo Ann Madarang

"Maleficent" shattered Philippine box office records with a P179.9M 5-day gross. (Photo courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International)

“Maleficent” shattered Philippine box office records with a P179.9M 5-day gross. (Photo courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International)

Maleficent follows the story of well-known fairytale Sleeping Beauty told from the point of view of its “villain” Maleficent. It tells us why and how a protective fairy was viewed as a villain in the eyes of the humans.

The story, which was predictable at times, is not as laudable as the visual effects but it was coherent enough to be considered decent. As expected, Angelina Jolie’s strong performance as Maleficent carried the rest of the film. As did her enhanced cheekbones and fiery eyes.

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Angelina Jolie is deliciously wicked in first ‘Maleficent’ trailer!

BY Joanna Mendoza

Angelina Jolie as "Maleficent" (Photo courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

Angelina Jolie as “Maleficent” (Photo courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)


“I know who you are, you’ve been watching over me my whole life,” says Aurora (Elle Fanning)  as she’s walking in the woods. “Don’t be afraid.”

“I am not afraid,” answers a shadow.

“Then come out,” coaxes Aurora.

“Then you’ll be afraid,” counters Maleficent, in a menacing and deliciously evil manner that only Angelina Jolie can pull off. (Okay, maybe not.)

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