Released by Disney on 29 May 2014
Genres: Fairytale Retellings
Length: 1h 37m
Source: Seen online
Cast: Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley, Imelda Staunton, Lesley Mansville, Juno Temple, Sam Riley, Brandon Thwaites.
A vengeful fairy is driven to curse an infant princess, only to discover that the child may be the one person who can restore peace to their troubled land.
I have always loved Disney movies, and Sleeping Beauty has been my favourite princess for a while now, so when I heard about the movie Maleficent I got really excited. At first, I had expected the movie to be about Maleficent’s life before SB happened, but it wasn’t really like that. It was both, actually, which made me even happier.
The movie starts off with some scenes of Maleficent’s childhood, of her living in the Moors and about all the other creatures that live there, including the three fairies we meet in Sleeping Beauty; Flittle, Knotgrass and Thistletwit. We see her fall in love, and get her heart broken, and then we see how she turned into the evil fairy she is in Sleeping Beauty. We have the classic scene of the party celebrating Aurora’s birth and Maleficent cursing the baby.
But then, it all changes. Maleficent tells a different story than Sleeping Beauty told us. And it is a much better story, in my opinion.
When it was first announced that Angelina Jolie was playing Maleficent, I was a bit reluctant to watch it, because I am not a really a fan of her. I kind of liked her in Tomb Raider but I didn’t like Mr. and Mrs. Smith at all. I don’t remember seeing any other movies she was in, so I don’t really have a proper opinion on her, but I didn’t like those to movies that much. But it all changed after seeing her in Maleficent. I personally thought she was perfect for the role, and seriously those cheekbones. Damn.
Aurora was played by Elle Fanning, Dakota Fanning’s little sister, and I personally thought it was a perfect casting as well, because Elle is actually sixteen – the age Aurora was in the majority of the movie. Nine out of ten times, when they need a teenager in a movie, they cast someone in their twenties or even thirties, but this time it was perfect. The rest of the cast was also pretty good, I liked Diaval (played by Sam Riley) and Prince Phillip (played by Brenton Thwaites who, I found out later, also plays older Tim in Oculus). And then there were the fairies, the pink one (which made me laugh REALLY hard) was played by Imelda Staunton, who you all might know as Umbridge from Harry Potter. The other two were played by Leslie Mansville and Juno Temple. They all did a great job, and they made me love the movie even more.
All the special effects in the movie were beautifully done, from the Moors to the fairies to Diaval turning into a bird and a dog and even a dragon. I loved it all, and I spend half of the movie just marveling at all the beauty of it. I really think I have got a new favourite sleeping beauty movie right now, move over Sleeping Beauty – hello Maleficent! If you love Disney movies, if you love Sleeping Beauty, and if you are not a fan of the typical ‘True Love’s Kiss’ story, you should definitely watch Maleficent!
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