Maleficent (2014)

If you are one who enjoyed the old Disney movies, like Sleeping Beauty, this movie is one you want to check out. When Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) was just a young fairy, she was full of happiness and loved everyone that was around her. She lived in the forest and she loved it. She had a lot of fairy friends that she would play with everyday. She then met a human friend named Stefan (Sharlto Copley). They had an excellent friendship for many years, until Stefan became King. He became King because he cut off the wings of Maleficent. This made Maleficent very angry and upset. She decided she needed to get revenge on Stefan and decided to curse his newborn daughter, Aurora (Elle Fanning). King Stefan decides to send his daughter away to be cared for by three fairies (Juno Temple, Lesley Manville, Imelda Staunton). There is a problem with this. These fairies are complete idiots that remind you of The Three Stooges. They are completely unable to care for her so while they are doing things, Maleficent finds herself making sure Aurora is alright. They make a great friendship throughout the years and it seems like Maleficent is starting to care for her.

Maleficent is your typical Disney movie. This is a different spin on Sleeping Beauty. It tells the story from a point of view that we are not used to. I think it’s a very good idea to continue to make these remakes of fairy tale movies because it shows this generation of children what there parents were watching when they were their age. This movie definitely ran into a lot of problems though.

This movie is awesome to watch with all the effects, the forest, and the costumes. Having said that, how long can you just see that? When will the story actually begin? I think there was little to no story in this and that is why I wasn’t very satisfied with this movie. First time director, Robert Stromberg gave us something to smile at on-screen, but there was no real story to it. With the exception of Maleficent, there is really no interesting character in this movie. With Angelina Jolie being so good in the movie, you really wish that the others had interesting characters. She wasn’t even all that interesting to be honest.

Maleficent is a movie that I was excited to see because of all the old Disney movies I like. I thought that because she was such an iconic villain, there would be more to hope for out of her character. Angelina Jolie was great, but the character was just not very interesting. Maleficent may be the most well-known villain in Disney movies and the director should have given us something more exciting to watch from her.

Overall, Maleficent is a movie that a lot of families will enjoy. I think it’s worth checking out, but  you don’t need to rush to watch it.

Grade= C (Okay)


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