Subscribe      List an Event or Business      Invite a Writer      Write for WN      Writers      Other Locations      HubGarden      Recipes

Maleficent - Film Review

Home > Everywhere > Cinema | Film Reviews | Movie Reviews
by Jen (subscribe)
For a ready list of fun things to do or revisit, SAVE the article to your TO DO LIST. Please 'CLICK LIKE' if you enjoyed what you read. The more 'likes' it has, the more exposure the event receives.
Published June 14th 2014
Maleficent ~ All may not be as it seems
maleficent, movie, disney, sleeping beauty, angelina jolie, film review, movie review
Maleficent ~ starring Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning


A re-telling of Sleeping Beauty from another point of view. It starts with Maleficent when she was young and innocent, had wings and could fly. She lived among magical creatures in a wonderland known as the Moors, which she protected. However, the unknown is always a source of fear for man, and the kingdom across the Moors under the rule of King Henry, seek to destroy and conquer.

maleficent, movie, disney, sleeping beauty, angelina jolie, film review, movie review
Young and innocent; brave young boy meets Maleficent the protector of the forest


Young Stefan enters Maleficent's world when he enters the Moors while running away with stolen goods. The pair find unity in the fact that they are both orphans and become good friends.

maleficent, movie, disney, sleeping beauty, angelina jolie, film review, movie review
Maleficent all grown up with amazingly powerful wings that do more than fly


As time goes on, Stefan stops visiting and Maleficent yearns for his company. One day, he comes back into her life, but he is now working for the King and has a burning ambition to be the successor to the throne.

maleficent, movie, disney, sleeping beauty, angelina jolie, film review, movie review
Stefan is now the King of the Kingdom across the Moors


In his bid to become King, Stefan wounds Maleficent in the deepest way possible, and it hurts all the more when the blow comes from one whom one has trusted and loved the deepest.

maleficent, movie, disney, sleeping beauty, angelina jolie, film review, movie review
The fairy godmothers


This changes Maleficent forever, and like the story of Sleeping Beauty it is based on, she delivers her curse to the little Princess Aurora, first born of the King, to fall into a death-like sleep on her 16th birthday; awakened only by the kiss of true love.

Well, you know the rest of the story; and the movie comes complete with bumbling fairy godmothers who are clueless in taking care of young Aurora.

maleficent, movie, disney, sleeping beauty, angelina jolie, film review, movie review
A cameo role by Vivienne Jolie-Pitt who plays a small part as the young Aurora


Maleficent watches over Aurora in her own way, calling her the little 'beastie' while she also keeps a watchful eye on the Kingdom that continues to wage war with the Moors. She enlists the help of a raven she has saved and has turned into a man named Diaval.

maleficent, movie, disney, sleeping beauty, angelina jolie, film review, movie review
Aurora under the watchful eye of Maleficent


Will true love's kiss find Aurora? How far will Maleficent go to extract her revenge upon the Kingdom? You will just have to trot along and watch this version of Sleeping Beauty, from another point of view to find out.

maleficent, movie, disney, sleeping beauty, angelina jolie, film review, movie review
Aurora walking towards her fate ~ the curse from Maleficent at birth


I was so looking forward to the re-telling of this movie and to see how Angelina Jolie would portray the part. Sadly, I was disappointed, however, the actor can only be as good as the script. With all the advancements we have in film making today, it unfortunately falls waaay short of what it could have been.

maleficent, movie, disney, sleeping beauty, angelina jolie, film review, movie review
Aurora the sleeping beauty


Still, I would go see it out of curiosity. To see how they have changed the angle of the fairy tale, and to look into the mind of the cinematographer in the way he presents to us the visual telling of an old tale in a new format. Lets face it, I'd go to see Angelina Jolie anyway, and the cameo appearance of her real life daughter. The children are bound to love it, as long as they're not too fearful of how Maleficent looks, enhanced cheekbones and all.

I give it a 5 out of 10.


Help us improve  Click here if you liked this article  25
Share: email  facebook  twitter
Why? To watch the re-telling of an old tale from a new angle
When: Now showing
Where: In cinemas
Your Comment
Articles from other cities
Related
by Sasha Storman on 01/06/2014
Popular Articles
Categories
Lists
Questions