Maleficent (2014) | A Film Review

True love does not necessarily mean a prince and a princess, it also exist in our family, friends, and even on our enemies it may not romantic but it is platonic.

Fairytales, old-time legends, and other bedtime stories were always been a tradition in most families for us to sleep. Some of those stories teach us a life lessons, certain values, and other things that may leave some ideas about life, love, and everything in between.

So, when Disney release a film back in 2014, Maleficent. This came to my point that they produce another old tale “Sleeping Beauty” where the princess will going to wake up with a true love’s kiss from its knight and shining armor prince; not until I watch it. They prove me that this story may be old but still a must watch in every generation and to the teenagers to show things what they’ve been missing out.

As I’ve said, Maleficent is a story of “Sleeping Beauty”, but this time the point of view came from Maleficent. The film tells about Maleficent fairy childhood, where her powers are being used in good purposes not until she was being betrayed by the boy she loved for the sake of power. As the boy took Maleficent wings, Maleficent lost half of its power and was driven by wickedness. When she visit her ex-lover, which is now a king Maleficent cast a spell on the christening of the kings newly born daughter (Aurora) that will put her into a death-like sleep on her sixteenth birthday where there is no other way to be broken but a true love’s kiss. The film keeps on portraying Maleficent and Aurora’s relation as she grow’s older until the time comes Aurora celebrated her sixteenth birthday, the power of the spell took effect and put Aurora into sleep, leaving Maleficent in regret as for her true love doesn’t exist and Aurora were supposedly will never be awake from her sleep. Meanwhile, the three good fairies who took care Aurora since childhood tried to wake her by bringing some guy to kiss her, but they fail. As Maleficent observe the process she cried and promise to protect Aurora as she leans down and kissed Aurora on the forehead. The sleeping beauty woke up, showing that the kiss was a true loves kiss, where the love of Maleficent being developed to Aurora as she watched her grew up. In amazement by that, Maleficent tried to escape with Aurora but fails it as she was captured by the king’s guard made of metal – Maleficent’s weakness point. When Aurora runs to hide, she found Maleficent’s wing that is being kept in a glass box where she broke it and the wings flap their way back to Maleficent giving her the ability to win the battle where the king accidentally died. The film ends with Aurora announced as the queen and Maleficent reviving her beautiful world and discard those evil things she created.

Maleficent True Love Kiss for Aurora.

 The film portrays lots of lessons and different values, wickedness for example. As we can see the story in the film started on the good side of Maleficent but then when she was betrayed evil takes over and propel her to do evil things, just like teenagers these days. They used to revenge rather than to let go and let God do the rest. With that it just shows how anyone can choose evil over good and where to invest their power in the way they want. There are other values present as well, such as holding on to your anger, guilt, forgiveness, redemption, but the most powerful of all was the true love kiss. Showing that true love does not necessarily mean a prince and a princess, a guy and a girl just like the old romantic way fairy tales or bedtime stories used to portray. It also exists among in our family or friends and can be developed in other forms of love not just romantic but could be in other forms – such as loving our neighbor even if they are annoying, our enemies even if they don’t like us all, and sometime even just supporting our friends on the things they are not certain could be determined as love too.

Overall, Maleficent film is a superb! It is well acted life-lesson film, where love and hate are shown; the choices we can make as an individual and teaches us that evil can be in the form of hatred and betrayal. Those circumstances may happen as we walk in the journey of life but somehow it those things doesn’t define who we really are.

P.s this is for academic purposes only. Thank you so much for reading!

With love, Rosell.


10 Life Lessons I Learned from 2020

Happy New Year!

I don’t know what to type but this is the thing I wanted to share, as of the moment. Last 2020, life becomes up and down due to the unexpected pandemic, lockdowns and everything in between that totally affect us all.

Plans, vacation trips, short visits and etc., can be rarely done resulting me to learned this life lessons. As this new year becomes a new start, I would like to share this not just for me to understand deeper things in my life but looking forward to hear someone out what lessons I learned.

1. Family is important.

As the pandemic strike worldwide, most news I heard not just from the television but also to some of my friends online and offline lost a family member. This is very depressed as the pandemic needs to practice health safety measures in order not to spread the said virus, and to the point that they can’t see or visit a love one in person makes me think that I must cheerish things as well as moment I have with my family. I am already an orphan but I still have my Aunt who’s there to ask me things out and I am very grateful to have her.

2. Emergency fund is a must.

Yes, definitely! Who knows until when we do have work? Does our income stable enough to feed yourself or your family, buy our needs not to mention our wants too? So, emergency fund is really a must have, not just for parents but to every individual. ☺️ Thankfully, my employer taught me things when it comes to handling my finances back in 2017, I was thinking to write a blog post for that maybe this end of January.

3. Learn to heal first.

Healing ourselves not just physical but of course mentally and emotionally be our thing. 2020 put me in a depressive year as things drained me mentally and emotionally. I am very grateful that I do have this platform to share things out and also my sisters in Christ who become my wall and rant person. 🖤

4. Everyone makes mistake.

Everyone makes a mistakes and so do I. Its okay to makes mistake as I am not a perfect person but one thing I learned that when I made a mistake I should tell things what truly happened and stop telling lies. Truth will always win.

5. Stop holding grudges.

Holding on to grudges is really a big no-no. It will drain you out and it feels like you carry the whole world in your shoulder and letting them go, feels great. Forgiving myself from the past mistakes and missed opportunities would be the best rather than holding them on.

6. Ask forgiveness to those people whom I hurt.

As the whole year 2020, honestly I guess I hurt not just one, or two close people around me but a lot. But then one thing that life in year 2020 taught me, to ask their forgiveness. That way, I am able to concentrate and channel my regrets the feeling of being sorry for myself. After all, knowing to myself that I ask their forgiveness although it is not that easy to forgive as I am very aware that I did things that hurt them.

7. Stop doing the same mistake.

Some says “Once is enough, twice is too much” and I felt that. I learned that a mistake must done once but doing it again and again becomes a decision.

8. Love yourself.

Loving myself first becomes a vital part of me after my break up thingy. Learning to love me back becomes hard but knowing things what I truly want is very rewarding as I slowly learn to know me more. Loving ourselves first made me think that how can I love others if I can’t love myself at the very first. ☺️

9. Self care is important.

From break up recovery to rush academic year in college, I learned that self-care is very-very important. We are all humans that needs to prioritize our mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual self too. So, taking care of ourselves is crucial as we are not robots that doesn’t feel any exhaustion in life.

10. Live in your world, not from others.

After all, life is more than this. Living the best life in our own world is great than living in others. We are here on purpose and we will rock this on our own. Imagine that if we live in the world of others, how can we make our own world becomes wonderful in our own? We can’t right? So, stop living in other world and start on your own.

That’s it, a year filled with everything. I hope I could share more life lessons I encounter in this year 2021, but this is just for now.

Until next post, thank you so much for reading.

How about you? What life lessons 2020 taught in you? Share them in the comments below. I would love to know them.

Lets be friends!

Unhealthy Habits I Want to Quit from Myself

November is ending and I keep on evaluating myself, from break ups, some on’s and off, stress attacks, regrets that keep haunting me and etc. that could probably lead my brain into some habits that I’m not very into and up to now I am slowly removing them from myself.

Being an orphan is not easy, there’s always a lot of times that I need my pillow and blankets in order for me to cope and hid such pain I feel, because there’s no one (in my own belief that is willing to listen, in my emo’s and ekeks in life aside from Mama) but I wanted to share too but I was afraid to get judge. So, sometimes I just change the names, scenarios things or places when asking advice to my friend or relatives because I AM SCARED TO BE JUDGE, if I put myself or use myself when asking things. Also I may not very good in communication towards others especially to the things from my side. I know I’ve been so harsh to myself but I don’t really know where to start but I’d like to be this first step improving and putting myself in a better place. So here’s the list of my Unhealthy Habits that I need to quit from myself:

1. Stop lying to myself.

Yes, I am very guilty with this. I used to fake things out before for me to believe but then I ended up lying to myself more and more. I could even understand why I was doing it and then, I can’t take it anymore it leads me to anxiety and depressive way.

2. Stop being anxious.

We can’t tell ourselves not to feel anxious but sometimes life happen unexpectedly and there I have it, I then got anxiety attacks without knowing it.

3. Stop doing things in order to fit in.

I know, I wanted to stop lying to myself and so pretending to be in order to fit in a particular group or things would be a no-no. Chasing things that doesn’t suit me or my personality could also be another habit that I need to get rid of.

4. Stop pleasing others.

As a student, most of times I’ve been notice this in myself that I am pleasing others but in my mind I was telling things that no, I shouldn’t done that. But then, I keep on doing it so it’s on the list too.

5. Stop dwelling on my past mistakes.

Proven guilty with this. Maybe those regrets that keep on haunting me needs some peace too, and my move is to ask forgiveness rather than escaping it, because life still haunting me.

I may have done things that is not right but here I am starting again because life never ends. We may partake to death but living in this world full of regrets, mistakes (though we cannot avoid this) continuously lying to myself would be the biggest part I cannot take back as time went out.

I want to consistently track myself thru this blogging platform so I am journaling online.

Thank you so much reading the post!

Until next post. See yah!