Movie Review: Maleficent

aurora-maleficent-posterWe went out yesterday to see Maleficent at the Reel Cinemas at The Beach in JBR.

If you know the fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty, this is a Disney Movie about the same. Different however that it is seen this time from the perspective of Maleficent.

The plot in short:  A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. Maleficent rises to be the land’s fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers a ruthless betrayal – an act that begins to turn her pure heart to stone. Bent on revenge, Maleficent faces a battle with the invading king’s successor and, as a result, places a curse upon his newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Maleficent realizes that Aurora holds the key to peace in the kingdom – and perhaps to Maleficent’s true happiness as well.

Princess Aurora: I know you’re there. Don’t be afraid.

Maleficent: I’m not afraid.

Princess Aurora: Then come out.

Maleficent: Then you’ll be afraid.

This is another in that emerging post-Wicked genre, the revisionist-backstory fairytale. Angelina Jolie is the wicked witch (Maleficent) who puts a terrible spell on the infant princess. The screen presence of Angeline Jolie is just amazing.  Elle Fanning who plays the sweet-natured princess,  is entirely upstaged by Jolie.  The movie itself is not full of big surprises as it follow the original story on the long range. It is well animated and gives you as well plenty of laughs. It is not as dark as the trailer would make you believe it is.  And the most folks in the screening where parents with kids… I do highly recommend this movie.

You can watch the Trailer below:

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  1. Maleficent does an amazing job re-telling the Sleeping Beauty story with a twist. Here the iconic villain is someone that you can sympathize with and root for. The screenwriter did an amazing job here. I loved the story. The film kind of reminded me of movies like Ever After, Oz The Great and Powerful, Alice in Wonderland, and Snow White and the Huntsmen.

    Angelina Jolie is amazing as Maleficent. She shines here. She is a villain that we can root for. Sharlto Copley is good as Stefan. He is good playing villains. I liked him when he played Murdoch in the A-Team movie. Elle Fanning is also good as Aurora. Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple, and Lesley Manville have a great on screen chemistry and are hilarious in the film.

    I definitely recommend this film.

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