Review: Maleficent (2014)

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She’s one of Disney’s most iconic villains and she’s the “evil” fairy that casted a spell on Princess Aurora – the princess we came to know as the beloved Sleeping Beauty. This film was told from the perspective of Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) – the once good fairy whose heart was shattered by the only man she loved which turned her into a lost and angry villain. Truly, hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. The events on the film mainly focused on what transpired after she gifted a curse to the newly born princess Aurora (Elle Fanning) and from there we see another persona of Maleficent as the misunderstood, hurt, angry and someone who is also capable of love.

Angelina Jolie owned this character into perfection. Her portrayal was beyond graceful. I’d even think that this was Angelina at her best. She was graceful, composed and that evil smirk just gave me goosebumps! I thought the that narration went well into the film highlighting each event and the characters. I was particularly drawn to Diaval (Sam Riley) because he’s got it good with Maleficent. There were some fun moments in there. Fanning was an okay choice but was rather dull most of the time. Perhaps, that’s what her role was supposed to portray (Anyway, I find the character of Sleeping Beauty the most boring amongst the Disney Princesses – no pun intended) and if that’s the case – she did well then. Sharito Copley was barely there and I could easily replace Brenton Thwaites with any other actors who could play a good prince charming role better than him.

The whole vibe of the film was okay. ‘Love the scoring, the story development and the animation but it’s really Angelina who gave the film an absolute curiosity to be seen. It’s a movie about this villain Maleficent and she did her part to make it all about her. Angelina Jolie is one and only – singular. And I should think that she’s enough reason for you guys to watch this one.

Director: Robert Stromberg
Starring: Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Sharito Copley, Sam Riley, Brenton Thwaites

Rating: 7/10

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5 responses to “Review: Maleficent (2014)

  1. It is cool to see a positive review for this! The reception has been horrible so far and I am genuinely shocked to see it doing so badly. Glad that Jolie still does an awesome job despite the predictable looking script. Real shame that Copley is mostly absent…I’m a big fan of the dude!

    • it’s actually surprising to me how it gotten so much hate from the critics. I was even monitoring it on RT and it’s like 49% as of press time. Now, I wonder if I have to re-watch it but ya know what, I figured that I actually did enjoy watching it. Maleficent is actually quite fascinating and I think for people to enjoy it “more,” they have to let go of their concept of sleeping beauty – think of this ala Snow White & The Huntsman but more alive in terms of visuals and Angelina>> Charlize. And yeah re: Copley and the rest – they’re mostly forgettable.

      • Well….you know…professional critics are not really like us to be honest. Some are paid off to write good reviews while others look to set themselves apart from the rest….you know…to get attention. These ones are likely overly critical for the sake of being overly critical. I say this now…but I hope that I’m not eating my words when I actually watch it haha.

      • haha. will check on that one 🙂

  2. Good review. It had a nice look to it, but I couldn’t really find much else to it except for that. The story just kind of came and went as it pleased.

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