Review: Love, Rosie

I saw the trailers for this film over the last few months and thought that it looked like a cute film that I would enjoy. As all the trailers said it was adapted from the novel Love, Rosie (formerly Where Rainbows End) by Cecelia Ahern I decided that before I saw the film, I needed to read the book  as I always think the book is better then the film (as anyone who has read my previous posts on book to film adaptions would know). So I picked up this book last week, and despite the fact that I read in in less then 24 hours, I thought it was an extremely cute story and definitely worth the read!

Love, Rosie tells the story of two best friends, Alex and Rosie, from the age of five onwards. The novel is written in an epistolary structure, through the use of letters, emails, cards and newspaper articles. Alex and Rosie are just meant to be together, everyone seems to realise that but them, but decisions, mistakes and stubbornness seems to always get in the way of them having a romantic relationship together. We get to see their lives with other people, their achievements and their failures, and their strong friendship that can withstand the distance from Ireland to America (usually).

Warning: Spoilers ahead!

I’m not going to lie, this story was a bit predictable, but I still loved it. Rosie is a clumsy, likeable girl who everyone can identify with at some point throughout the story. She has experienced a lot of failures and let downs in her life, but she always seems to get back up and learn her lesson. Alex is a sensible, and yet again likeable, boy who ends up moving halfway across the world early on in the story. His life seems to be a bit easier then Rosie’s – he has a Harvard degree and a good job saving lives while Rosie often struggles in relation to employment.  Eventually they do get together, but they’re in their fifties when it happens and I think I’m not the only one who wishers it could have been sooner!

I love that the story was told in the form of letters and emails, it made a nice change to read a story in that structure. We also were introduced to a lot of other characters, such as Ruby, Katie, Josh, Bethany, Sally, Kevin, Stephanie and Rosie’s parents. Although I often felt bad for the character, I like that Rosie struggled with her decisions and mistakes. It shows us real life, while also proving that anyone can overcome difficult obstacles, such as a teenage pregnancy, the death of your parents and watching everyone else succeed while you get left behind. I sometimes feel a bit like that, which is why I think I identified with the character so much. I like that Alex was always the nice guy, and he did always like Rosie, he didn’t just realise his feelings for her later on in the story. I really hate Greg for stopping those two get together earlier in the book!

While this book is really easy to read, I do think it’s worth it, as it’s a cute story that will make you laugh and cry, sometimes at the same time. Now that I’ve finished the book I can finally see the film, which I’m excited about, as the trailers look decent! I’d definitely recommend it if you’re looking for a good story.

Receipe: Chocolate Guinness Cake

I first tried this cake several months ago – my sister made it, and knowing my love for both chocolate and cake gave me a slice. It was the nicest homemade chocolate cake I’ve ever had in my life, hands down!
So I quickly went onto Nigella Lawson’s website to find the recipe and I’ve had it bookmarked for the last while, until I finally got the courage to attempt to make it myself last week. This cake does contain Guinness, but he bitterness of it is balanced out by the sugar in it. To be honest, I didn’t even taste the Guinness in my one. It’s quite a damp cake, but in my opinion it’s definitely worth a try at least once! The ingredients are as follows:

For the cake:

  • 250 ml Guinness (I used a can as it was easier to find)
  • 275 g plain flour
  • 75 g cocoa powder (I used Cadbury’s Bournville)
  • 250 g unsalted butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 400 g caster sugar
  • 2.5 tsp of baking soda/bicarbonate of soda
  • 142 ml sour cream
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract

For the frosting:

  • 150 g icing sugar
  • 300 g cream cheese
  • 125 ml double/whipping cream
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract (optional)

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C/350ºF and butter and line a 9 inch springform tin (or cheesecake tin as I tend to call them).
  2. Pour Guinness into a large saucepan and add the butter in slices. Heat over medium heat until the butter is melted and whisk in the sugar and cocoa powder.
  3. Beat the sour cream with the eggs and vanilla and pour into the buttery Guinness mixture, and then whisk in the flour and baking soda.
  4. Pour the cake batter into the tin and bake for 45 – 60 mins. When it’s out of the oven, leave it to cool completely in the tin, because it’s a damp cake and can fall apart easily.
  5. When the cake is cooled, whip the cream cheese and vanilla extract until it’s smooth, sieve in the icing sugar and beat them together. Add the cream and beat until it reaches desire consistency.
  6. Spread the frosting on top of the cake, making it look like the frothy top of a pint of Guinness.

This was without a doubt the best and most successful cake I’ve ever baked. You could easily get about 18 slices out of it, which is why my mam gave slices of cake to half of my family, who reported back that the cake was absolutely delicious, to my delight! It’s a bit of a challenge to make but it’s so worth it. I felt a sense of accomplishment when I finished it and it turned out great, and it’s really nice to know that  other people liked it too! It’s definitely one I’ll be making again soon. If any of you try out the recipe, good luck and let me know how it goes!

Review: Gone Girl

Having read the book and seen teasers for the last year, it’s safe to say that I was extremely excited about seeing Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl on the big screen, and it did not disappoint! For those of you who don’t know, Gone Girl is about Nick and Amy Dunne, a married couple who relocated from New York City to Missouri after they both lost their jobs. On their fifth wedding anniversary, Amy goes missing, and of course the husband is the chief suspect.

he novelist Gillian Flynn also wrote the screenplay, so it’s safe to say that the film does the book justice. Ben Affleck plays Nick Dunne, and Rosamund Pike plays his wife Amy, with Carrie Coon portraying Nick’s sister (Mar)Go. Neil Patrick Harris and Tyler Perry also make appearances as Desi and Tanner Bolt, so it’s a pretty decent cast!

Warning: Spoilers ahead!

Personally, I think the film might be a tiny bit better if I hadn’t read the book beforehand, as I already knew the big plot twist about Amy framing Nick. However, I still think this film was brilliant. The directing, the acting, the screenplay, it all stayed true to the story. Nothing was held back – it had the gruesome scene where Amy kills Desi, and violent verbal and physical fights between Nick and Amy. Rosamund Pike’s acting was brilliant – she nailed Amy’s cold stare and crazy ways, but also the “cool Amy” persona, and I really can’t imagine another actress portraying her. One thing in this film that annoyed me was Amy’s parents, as they weren’t as involved with everything as they were in the book. I felt that if they weren’t in the film at all it wouldn’t have made much of a difference. And Gillian Flynn said that the ending of the film would be different then the book so people who have read the book will be surprised, but I was a bit disappointed with it! She made it seem like there was some big reveal, but the only thing that was different was that Nick and Amy went on television to announce their pregnancy, and it didn’t really seem like that big of a deal to me.

Besides that though I thought the film was excellent and I’ve been recommending it to everyone I’ve talked to since I saw it. it’s definitely one of Ben Affleck’s best performances in my opinion, and it’s put Rosamund Pike, who wasn’t really well known, up there. It’s a must see for anyone who enjoys a good drama/thriller/suspense movie!

My September Favourites

As it’s the last day of September I thought I’d just list a few of my favourite things that I’ve been wearing, watching or listening to throughout the month. Apologies for the bad quality of the photographs, they were taken with my iPod camera and aren’t the best!

Scandal

As I’m studying PR I convinced myself that it would be okay to start watching this show when I’m currently watching about five other shows because it’s about a woman who runs a crisis management firm (any excuse to watch a well-recommended Shonda Rhimes show!). I did not predict how obsessed with this show I would become. Olivia Pope is a fabulously strong, independent, hard-working woman who started her own company after working for the current President of the United States, Fitzgerald Grant. She’s harsh and un-apologetic, which I love! I also like how many of the actors/actresses are familiar from appearing on Grey’s Anatomy, such as Scott Foley and Katie Lowes. I love watching a tv show that shows a little part of my industry, even if it is slightly unrealistic. I also enjoy watching a programme that has a strong female lead in it, and i really admire Shonda Rhimes for creating such a programme.

Mac Velvet Teddy

This lipstick has blown up over the last few months due to every single girl on the planet wanting “Kylie Jenner lips”. This is the first lipstick I’ve ever bought, as I’m a bit weary about lipstick and I don’t think it suits me. But this particular one is just a shade or two darker then my natural lip colour, which is perfect! It’s a matte lipstick, but I don’t find it drying at all, as I usually put a bit of lip balm on before I apply it. It’s a kind of nude/pinky/brown that looks different on everyone who wears it. It’s a shade that i can wear to college as it doesn’t stand out too much, but I could also wear at night if I go out. It’s an amazing lipstick, I just hope it’s not discontinued, as that seems to happen to a lot of my favourite products!

New Look Boots

I got these boots in New Look last summer, but I’ve worn them often in these last few weeks. I can wear them with dresses or with jeans which is great as I don’t really like shoes I can only wear with certain outfits. My favourite way to wear these is with ripped jeans from River Island and a baggy jumper, they make me feel a bit more dressed up then if I was wearing the outfit with Converse! I’m not sure if they’re still in store, but if they are I’d definitely recommend them, as they’re really comfy to wear and go with so many different things.

Penney’s/Primark Leather Jacket

I bought this jacket in Penney’s/Primark, and I was delighted when I did because it was €19 reduced to €13, so I just had to buy it! I already have a leather jacket, but I’d wear that one with hoodies and tshirts. I can wear this jacket with a lot more clothes, it can really change my look depending on what I wear it with. I can easily wear layers under it so hopefully it will be warm enough for the winter months ahead.

The Divergent Trilogy

I read this about a month ago in the space of a few days, but I’m putting this in my September favourites because I’m still completely obsessed with it! It’s about a society that’s divided into different factions, and it tells us about Beatrice Prior’s life as she tried to fit into this society, and later on break away from it. I love the concept of society being divided into different sectors based on what your personality is like,  I’ve never read anything like it before. The first time I read it I borrowed my sisters books but I have recently purchased the set for myself, because I think she’ll get annoyed when I constantly ask to borrow them.

Riptide – Vance Joy

I know I’m extremely late with this song seeing as it was out in 2013, but I just learned the name and artist, so that justifies putting it here in my opinion! Vance Joy, aka James Keogh, is an Australian singer-songwriter who is currently signed with Atlantic Records. His song Riptide is an upbeat indie-folk song that and is basically a love story that contains a good few popular culture references. For anyone who hasn’t heard it I’d definitely recommend it, it’s a catchy song that will definitely lift your mood a bit!

Lately…

  • I’ve been reading a lot. More than usual probably. In the last two weeks I’ve read The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, The Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth and Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen.
  • I’ve been looking up recipes for lunch I could take to college. Not really finding much due to the fact that I’m just too lazy to make an elaborate lunch the night before, so I think I’ll just stick to my simple salad in a lunchbox or sandwich for now.
  • I’ve been re-watching Grey’s Anatomy from the start. No matter how many times I re-watch this show I could never get sick of it! I enjoy taking 40 minutes out of my day to watch an episode with my afternoon cup of tea.
  • I’ve been looking forward to college starting again. Summer is nice and I love having all this free time, but I’m looking forward to having something specific to do five days a week, and it will make me appreciate my free time even more.
  • I’ve been listening to Snow Patrol’s album Eyes Open, to this song in particular. Such a lovely song, i just had to add it to my ‘Sleep’ playlist on my iPod!
  • I’ve constantly been applying for jobs with no luck. After four years of rejections and failed interviews, I think I’m done job hunting for a while. It’s too upsetting.
  • I’ve been loving my short hair. I got a good six inches or more taken off my hair in March so it was just below my collarbone, and it took some time to get used to it, but I’ve been getting so many compliments on it I may just keep my hair short for a bit longer.
  • I’ve been seriously craving a Domino’s pizza for weeks now but I’ve been good and resisted!
  • I’ve been thinking a lot about the death of a member of my class. It happened a few weeks ago, and I still think about that whole situation often. We weren’t particularly close but it still has affected me.
  • I’ve been spending time with my sister’s puppy. She’s the baby of the family, and she has everyone wrapped around her little paw! I didn’t think a dog could bring this much joy to someone, she’s constantly entertaining us and making everyone laugh. It’s also nice to have someone get excited everytime you walk down the stairs.

My Favourite Soap & Glory Products

This is my first beauty-type post, so I apologise for how bad/awkward it may seem. The truth is, I don’t really wear a lot of make up. My usual every day look is just eyeliner to be honest. lately though I’ve been trying to ranch out; I bought my first MAC lipstick (although I picked a subtle colored one), I’ve tried liquid and gel eyeliners (not my cup of tea, I’ll just stick to my pencil) and I have three Urban Decay palettes which I do tend to use frequently when I’m in college, not so much during the summer though.

However, I do have my favourite skincare products that I do like to splurge on the way other girls would like to splurge on make up. Soap and Glory products are a must have for girls in my opinion. Not only do they all smell amazing, but they genuinely do what they say on the packaging! I’ve tried so many of their products over the last few years, so I’m going to list a few of my favourites that I always end up coming back to.

  • Hand Food: As said on the tube, this product is a non-greasy hydrating hand cream. It contains shea butter, marshmallow and macadamia oil, and is scented with S&G’s Original Pink fragrance. I always make sure I have Hand Food right beside my bed and apply it every night before I go to sleep. You only need to use a little bit of it, and you can feel the difference after one use. It also comes in a handy travel size, which is great if you like to apply hand cream during the day because it’s small enough to fit in a bag.
  • The Scrub of Your Life: This product is a body exfoliater. It claims to make your skin smoother, particularly getting at those annoying bumps on the back of your arms, dry skin and rough elbows. This body scrub really does work, it leaves my skin unbelievably smooth, and if you apply body butter/lotion after you use it it leaves your skin extremely soft. This product had scrubbing beads in it and also contains the Original Pink fragrance.
  • Heel Genius: This is one of the best foot creams I’ve ever used. The product contains allantoin, glycerin, macadamia oil, menthol, bilberry, orange and lemon fruit acid smoothers, and believe me when I say you will not regret using this. It leaves your feet unbelievably soft, hydrated and smooth the day after using it. It says on the bottle to apply to your feet, put on cotton socks and let it soak in while you sleep. I like to apply it right after a shower, I feel that it soaks in better and leaves my feet a little bit softer.
  • Peaches and Clean 3-in-1 Cleanser: Like I said earlier, I don’t really wear much make up, but on the few occasions that I do wear foundation this product ensures my face is squeaky clean and has no left-over make up on it before I go to sleep. This cleanser re-energises skin, is rich in antioxidants and vitamins A and C and contains a natural cleansing agent. When I use this and I apply toner to my face afterwards, not a single bit of make up comes off on the cotton ball, showing that the cleanser does its job. It smells fruity and comes in a handy bottle and doesn’t dry your face out at all.
  • The Righteous Butter: I have tried many of the S&G body butter/lotions but I always end up coming back to this one. I apply this after a shower, and it leaves my skin smooth and hydrated. It works even better if you apply it after using Scrub of Your Life. This body butter contains aloe vera and shea butter and is scented with Original Pink. It’s great for people who suffer from dry skin, it’s my go to body butter!

So there you have it, my first beauty post. If you don’t think it’s too terrible I may end up doing a few more. I would definitely recommend Soap and Glory products to anyone who likes to pamper their skin – they may seem a little pricey but they always have offers on in Boots stores such as Buy 3 for the price of 2, which is good value in my opinion!

 

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.

So I saw someone tweet earlier this week that because they bought a book they have no life. Usually I would just ignore a comment like that, brush it of, but it really annoyed me. Why do people think buying a book means you no longer have the same social life that you did before?

This annoyed me because I have always been a reader, as have my entire family. I used to beg my parents to take me to the library for new books when I was younger. I remember going to the library on a Saturday, coming home with three books (most likely The Babysitter’s Club) and reading all three books within a few days. My parents have shelves and shelves of books, as do I and my sisters. Many books have been given away to charity as we grew out of them. I have to re-read my book collection because I can’t really afford to get a new book every time I finish one.

I really don’t mean this in a bragging way but I’m a very fast reader, which is only natural since I’ve been reading books since I was 4 years old. I’m always reading a book, to me there’s nothing better than curling up with a good book and cup of tea on a rainy day. Reading is a natural part of who I am – but does being such an avid reader mean I have less of a life than those who don’t read? No, it just means I spend less time watching endless hours of tv or playing video games.

There are so many benefits to reading actual books, newspapers and magazine articles, not just Facebook updates and tweets. Reading can be great at reducing stress. Had a bad day at work? Curl up with a good book and get lost in an amazing story, which will make you forget all about your bad day and relieve tension. You’ll also gain more knowledge: when you read you learn so many new things, you become aware of what it was like to live in different era’s, different ways of life and different places. You can even learn things from fiction books – new concepts of magical worlds or new societies. You might even become more self-aware and identify with a character or situation, and learn how to deal with a certain situation. The more you read, the more new words you are exposed to, and those words could make their way into your every day vocabulary.  Being well-spoken can be a great help in many expressions, and can increase self-confidence. Being exposed to more words will also help you to develop your writing skills, as you see many different writing styles and structures from different authors.

Those are only some of the many benefits of reading. I really hope that this idea of readers being snobs or not having lives will soon stop, because that is not the case. Why should we be looked down on for reading when we don’t look down on others for spending 7 hours a day watching tv or playing games? Another thing that annoys me is when film adaptions of books come out and people are saying things like “I can’t believe we have to wait a whole year to find out what happens next!” Well you know what? You don’t have to wait a whole year, seeing as there is a book that tells you what happens next, and it is probably better then the movie itself! Reading the book of a film gives so much more insight to a character and their thoughts, so when you finally see the film, you actually know what they’re thinking and going through, which makes the film so much better!

Anyways, enough of me ranting. I’m off to find another book in my small collection to re-read. Until next time everyone!

Review: BooTea 14 Day Teatox

Everyone seems to be going crazy for “teatoxes” these days so I thought I would jump on the bandwagon and try one, as I’ve been trying to build my fitness back up lately. I chose BooTea because they use 100% natural health ingredients in their teas, and many people seemed to see results with it.

BooTea claims to:

  • Increase your metabolism
  • Burn calories and convert food into energy
  • Burn fat and counteract fat storage
  • Regulate blood sugar levels
  • Suppress appetite
  • Assist in the digestion of food
  • Improve skin health
  • Improve quality of sleep
  • Cleanse and detoxify
  • Allow you to reach your health/weightloss goals

As I ordered the 14 Day Teatox I got a package with 14 daytime teabags (ingredients: Chinese Oolong tea, Maté leaves, Ginger root, Fennel seeds, Lemongrass, Dandelion leaf, Ginseng root, Gotu Kola leaves, Nettle leaves) and 7 Bedtime Cleanse teabags (ingredients: Senna leaves, Peppermint leaves, Fenugreek seeds, Liquorice root, Burdock root, Hawthorn leaves, Valerian root, Psyllium seeds) to be taken every other night starting on the first day of the cleanse.

I’m just going to say right now that this detox and cleanse did nothing for me at all. I was extremely disappointed seeing as I spent €28 on it in Holland and Barratts, and other people claimed to have really good results with it. I didn’t do this specifically to lose weight; I wanted to clear out my digestive system because I’ve been feeling horrible for this past while and I thought this would help me get on track with a new healthy lifestyle. It did not. My quality of sleeping did not increase, in fact the opposite happened. I found myself unable to fall asleep for a few hours, and when I did sleep it was a very restless one, which resulted in me feeling sluggish the next day. It also destroyed my skin. I rarely get spots, and if I do it’s only one or two. But when I started this I had a horrible outbreak (horrible for me anyways considering I rarely get them) and my skin often felt dry despite the fact that I drank a lot of water, as you’re supposed to, throughout this detox. For the first week it did suppress my appetite, but for the second week I was constantly hungry. The Bedtime Cleanse gave me horrible stomach cramps for the whole day after I took it. I didn’t lose any weight at all, despite eating way healthier than I used to and exercising at least 5 times a week. BooTea have an eating plan on their website which claims to help optimise the detoxification process. I didn’t follow the plan because it has no meat or poultry, and I have to have at least one of those things with my dinner. It’s also unrealistic to follow an eating plan like that when you’re broke, live at home, when your family aren’t trying to be healthy like you and your mam insists on cooking your dinner. I just ate a lot more fruit and vegetables than I usually do and I cut out the few biscuits/pieces of chocolate that I allow myself to have with my afternoon cup of tea, but still, nothing.

I can’t believe I actually spent €28 on this, it was a complete waste of money, and I regret buying it because I have so little money in the first place. I don’t feel healthy and energised at all, and I’m really disappointed with this product as I thought it would help me start a healthier lifestyle, but it didn’t.

Review: The Book Thief

What it’s about:

The Book Thief is set in Nazi Germany, and is narrated by Death, who notes that this was a time when he was very busy. It tells the story of a young girl, Liesel, and her relationship with her foster parents (Hans and Rosa Hubermann), her next door neighbour Rudy, other residents in her neighbourhood and a young Jewish man, Max, who hides in her basement in the build up to World War II.

Warning: Spoilers

What I thought:

When I was in school I enjoyed European history, so the fact that this story centers around a major historical event kind of drew me to it. I liked the fact that this story is told by Death, who has stated that he is extremely busy around the time of World War II. Death is portrayed as a somewhat gentle being who feels sympathy for his victims.  Throughout this story we meet different type of Germans: committed Nazis to Jewish Germans to people like Hans Hubermann, who stands up for what he believes in and hides a Jewish man in his basement so he can avoid the concentration camps. I love how loving the Hubermann’s are, even if they don’t particularly show it. Rosa is often shouting at other people in the book, yet we see moments where she truly cares about her husband, Max and Liesel. Hans is the person who Liesel loves the most – he teaches her how to read, write and sits up late at night with her when she has nightmares. He takes care of Max even though he is a Jew, the whole family risk their lives to keep Max safe. It’s nice to see this kind of love and kindness in a book that is set in such a horrible, devastating time in history. I loved the friendship between Liesel and Rudy – they accept each other and they really are best friends. I’m sure it broke many hearts when Rudy died without getting a kiss from Liesel – something he’s been pestering her for ever since she began living with the Hubermann’s. Liesel is ‘the book thief’ in this story – her passion is stealing books and reading them with her Papa. Despite the fact that stealing is wrong, I like seeing Liesel take control of her learning, and I like the fact that she is so desperate for something to read that she resorts to stealing.

The Book Thief is a book that offers hope in the form of Liesel, who has suffered and lost so many people in her life, and turns into a good and decent person despite the time and place in which she grew up. She stands up for what she believes in, and wants to take care of the people she loves. Some people may not like this book as it takes a while to get into, but it really is well-written, and the structure is easy to read for those who don’t like long chapters. It gives us a bit of history and an amazing story of one young girl in just 552 pages, and in my opinion, it is one of those books you definitely need to read at least once. The film adaption came out last year, but I don’t think I’ll watch it. There are some stories that only have a certain power and give you a certain feeling in book form, and I feel that this is one of those stories.

Review: Maleficent

I’m a huge Disney fan, however I’m a bit weary of these new, un-animated takes on classic Disney films. I just feel like they won’t be able to capture the magic of the classic films, or change the story or characters. But I was really excited to see Maleficent, due to the fact that Angelina Jolie looked amazingly scary in all the advertisements and trailers for it. Usually I’m not an Angelina fan (Brad and Jennifer shipper here) but I really do think she was brilliant in this film.

Warning: Spoilers

Maleficent tells the story of a fairy, who is the strongest fairy out of them all. No humans live on her land, just magical creatures, and they are not ruled by a king or queen, they just simply trust each other. However, the land across the moors contains humans, and they have a king. The human child Stefan and the fairy child Maleficent meet and become Good Maleficentfriends, with the relationship growing as they get older. Due to the fact that Maleficent is the strongest fairy, she becomes the protector of her land, while Stefan works for the king. Some years go by without them having contact with one another. The king foolishly tries to cross over the moors in order to extend his kingdom, but Maleficent stops him, which makes him furious. As he is dying, he claims hat anyone who is brave enough to defeat maleficent will be his successor. Stefan is ambitious, and has always wanted to be king, so he travels across the moors to see his “childhood sweetheart”. They spend a night catching up, but he slips Maleficent poison to make her fall asleep, and then cuts off her wings to bring them back to the king. We hear and see Maleficent’s reaction to this, and it really is heartbreaking. She is devastated, and takes to wandering the land by herself. She employs a crow/man Diaval to be her wings for her. He brings her the news that Stefan has had a baby girl, and that there is to be a christening. There, three fairies, looking to bring peace between the two lands, bestow gifts of beauty and happiness onto Princess Aurora. Maleficent makes an appearance and curses the baby, so that on her 16th birthday she will prick her finger and fall into a deep enchanted sleep. After King Stefan begs, she states that Aurora will only awaken after true love’s kiss, which she believes doesn’t exist. Aurora is sent away to live with the three fairies until the day after her 16th birthday, in an attempt to keep her safe. Meanwhile, Stefan becomes obsessed with seeking revenge on Maleficent. Maleficent watched the girl grow, making sure no harm comes to her to ensure that the curse will come into effect. However, she begins to love Aurora, who believes that Maleficent is her fairy godmother. She meets Prince Phillip in the woods, who is in his way to Stefan’s castle. When Aurora learns of the curse, she heads to the castle to see her father, who locks her into a room and shows no warmth towards her. Aurora pricks her finger and falls into a deep sleep. Maleficent is Evil Maleficentdesperate to revoke the curse, and hurries to the castle with Phillip so he can present true love’s kiss to her and save her. However when he kisses Aurora, she does now awaken. Maleficent tells her that what she did was unforgivable and that she loves her, then kisses her on the forehead. Aurora wakes up, and they plan to go back to the moors together but are stopped by King Stefan and his guard. Aurora releases Maleficent’s wings that Stefan has kept after all these years, and she is reunited them, and manages to escape the army’s attack, although Stefan dies in the process. The film ends with Maleficent (restored to her previous good fairy self), Diaval, Aurora and Phillip celebrating the the forest with all the magical creatures.

My thoughts:

I loved seeing more of Maleficent’s story! In the Disney film she genuinely terrified me, and we didn’t really know much about her, but in this film we get to see her background and why she became evil. Angelina Jolie makes an excellent Maleficent, she can portray her grace and cruelty brilliantly. I liked getting to see the good and the bad part of her, but as I’m a sucker for a happy ending, I’m glad she was back to being a good fairy in the end. I was horrified that Stefan cut off her wings, it really was so sad when she woke up and realised that he betrayed her. And the fact that he was trying to seek revenge for her placing a curse upon Aurora, when really she was just seeking revenge on him destroying her, and turning her into an evil fairy. It was all his fault in my opinion. This film was PG, but I kind of wish it was a bit more emotional and went into depth about what Maleficent was going through. I understand why it didn’t though, young audience and all that. Another thing to note is Lana Del Ray’s cover of Once Upon A Dream, which actually gives me chills every time I hear it, it’s so hauntingly beautiful. I recommend this film to any Disney or Angelina Jolie fan, I really did enjoy it and it was worth the wait.