Maleficent review

Director:
Robert Stromberg
Cast:
Angelina Jolie
Elle Fanning
Sharlto Copley
Rated: PG

Angelina Jolie stars as the title character “Maleficent,” which explores the background and supposed true story of one of Disney’s most famous villains.

The film explores a romance that she had with a man who would eventually betray her, how she became a cold hearted being, and her involvement in the spell put on sleeping beauty, AKA Aurora, played in this film by Elle Fanning.

The story of Maleficent came off as if it was taking on too much of the story of “Sleeping Beauty” and not just letting it be a stand alone Maleficent film.

Doing a retelling of “Sleeping Beauty” from Maleficent’s perspective wouldn’t even be that bad, though, if the characters weren’t so one dimensional.

The main antagonist Stefan, turns out to be the villain with little to no remorse or regret and Sharlto Copley plays the role so generically.

The movie also completely wastes Aurora’s character as she is barely given anything to do. Elle Fanning tries to give a good performance but there just isn’t enough to work with.

As Maleficent, Jolie was good for some of the more epic evil moments, however, there were times when she played the role too stoically that it lacked humanity and didn’t come across as real.

The worst part of the movie were the three fairies, though, who raise Aurora. This film made these three, led by Imelda Staunton who played knotgrass, into complete morons for no apparent reason.

The special effects in “Maleficent” are all well and good, showcasing some interesting creatures and such, yet they were never truly breathtaking.

“Maleficent” doesn’t offer anything special other than another perspective on the “Sleeping Beauty” tale. An interesting concept, sure, but while making Maleficent more complex, it seemed to sacrifice the arcs of the other characters

Jolie’s somewhat good performance and the special effects are the only real reasons to check this one out. 2 out of 5.

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Author: Matthew Liedke

My name is Matthew Liedke. I'm a reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer in Minnesota, but I also have a passion for the art of film. This passion led me to start writing about film in 2008. From 2008-2016 I wrote pieces at my own website, After the Movie Reviews. Then, from 2016-May 2018, my write-ups were featured on AreaVoices, a blog network run by Forum Communications Company. Today, I now write film reviews and other pieces here on Word Press. More about me: I'm a 2012 graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead where I studied journalism and film. Outside of film, I enjoy sports, video games, anime and craft beers.

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