I was originally going to write about how much Disney messed up with Maleficent compared to the original but after calming down a bit I know what they tried to do with the movie. They wanted to make Maleficent just like the TV show Once Upon a Time, a do a re-imagining of the character, unfortunately though, this didn't work out quite the way they thought.
In the TV show once Upon a Time, they change all the characters stories, good guys have become bad guys, bad guys to good, and even character stories have merged like the Hunchback of Norte Dame with the Beast. This works well for the TV show but not for Malevicent. The reason is that on the TV show, character stories have merged to form a completely new story, making the viewers think they're watching a complexly new show. In Maleficent, all people have to go on is the original story. When you start going off the path to do another version of the story, people can't follow the movie anymore and get frustrated when things don't turn out the way they thought it would.
Maleficent starts out great. A little girl Maleficent, enjoying her young life, falls in love, then things change as you get older. Ok no problems here, setting up a nice little story. The king comes along and thinks the fairy folk are getting too powerful and decides to attack. He fails miserably and is mortally wounded in battle. He swears revenge and asks any of his servants if they can avenge him, they'll be king. Maleficent's young boyfriend befriends Maleficent, gives her a drink to knock her out and is going to kill her but decides to chop off her wings instead to show the ailing king that he has defeated her and gains the right to the throne. Maleficent is obviously pissed when she wakes up, has her crow friend (that you see in the animation but can also turn into a man now) spy on the king and tells maleficent that he did this all to become king. This all works great for the prequel to Sleeping Beauty and am highly interested in knowing more at this point. This also shows why she would cast an evil spell on a harmless baby, which you don't really know why in the animation (see my review of Sleeping Beauty here).
The king has his party at the castle to celebrate the birth of his daughter, Aurora (Sleeping Beauty), and all kinds of royalty show up. The 3 fairies who bestow their gifts to Aurora (Disney changed their names from the original for some odd reason), do so just like in the cartoon but before the third can, Maleficent shows up and ruins the party. She knocks the fairies away, casts her curse of eternal slumber of a "deadlike state" (huh?), then makes the king bow to her to undo the curse. Then instead of disappearing adds a little more to the curse by saying only loves kiss can break the spell. Now this is where Disney goes completely off the book here.
|Moe and Curly, Larry not pictured.|
The crow then easily finds Aurora, becomes her friend and starts taking care of her. Huh? Why would he do that? He's a henchmen of Malefiecent! Then, the fairies are so blind to what Aurora does that she actually falls off a cliff at one point because they weren't paying attention to her. WTF? Luckily though, our hero of the film Maleficent catches her. Umm why? She put a death spell on her, remember? There's no reason why she would ever do that.
|Spoiler Alert!! That's not Maleficent.|
|Our Hero, Maleficent! Huh?|
|Just do it and get it done quickly.|