Maleficent: Queen of Fae or Mistress of Evil?

Image result for Maleficent 2 posterBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Spoiler Alert

Had Maleficent been known by any other name I’d swear she is Morgan le Fay from King Arthur. Not in the traditional sense ala Thomas Malory‘s Morte D’Arthur but instead is in the vein of Marion Zimmer Bradley‘s Mists of Avalon series to which is where the franchise may head towards. I would not be surprised if Angelina Jolie (who plays the title character) told the writers to draw inspiration from the book series.

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil continues being a supernatural protector in the world of Sleeping Beauty. When one of the faerie kind shows a certain prowess, he or she can become something more than just another demigod.

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Looking for Meaning behind Disney’s Maleficient, A Movie Review

By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)


The only reason to see Disney’s Maleficent is for Angelina Jolie. She has the fire to play the faerie queen in all her glory. There’s a regal quality in her performance, and a spark of remorse for what she did: to curse Sleeping Beauty. But in what transpires, the character she plays demonstrates what faerie-kind can be like when forced to deal with humanity. They are nothing like the types created by William Shakespeare, although a few of them do come close.

Maleficent’s role model may well be Morgan Le Fay from the time of King Arthur. Annoy her, and she will send the Green Giant after you! But in this film, clip her wings, and you will invoke her wrath until the end times come. Maleficent is a vision of beauty, a Queen for all Faerie-kind that lives in her realm, and her freedom and mood is tied into the wings that she wears. They can be as soft as down and as majestic as an eagle’s. Most fae-folk have wings like that of a butterfly or an insect; they symbolize more than just freedom. They reflect the essence of an individual’s soul. When they are fair, an angel’s essence can be as gentle as the wind. When they are black and folded like that of a bat, thoughts about what Dracula is comes to mind.

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Disney’s Marvellous Maleficent Poster

By James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)


Disney has released a new Maleficent poster and what a poster it is.Prominently displayed is Angelina Jolie in her black outfit with prominent horns, her pouty lips enhanced by the red lipstick and her left hand over her scepter.

This poster may eliminate criticism from naysayers of Jolie as the Sleeping Beauty villain.

The original Maleficent was animated by Disney animator Mark Davis and was based off of the appearance of the actress Eleanor Audley. Audley would voice the character in the 1959 Sleeping Beauty film after she previously voiced Lady Tremaine, Cinderella’s wicked stepmother, in Cinderella (1950).

Disney’s Maleficent will be in theatres May 30, 2014.


Disney’s New Maleficent Trailer

By James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

The newest trailer from Walt Disney’s Maleficent movie starring Angelina Jolie (Kung Fu Panda), Elle Fanning (We Bought a Zoo), Juno Temple (The Dark Knight Rises), Hannah New (TV’s Black Sails), Peter Capaldi (World War Z), Miranda Richardson (TV’s Parade’s End) and Imelda Staunton (TV’s Psychoville) premiered yesterday.

Has anyone else found the song, Once Upon A Dream, fittingly eerie?


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