Movie Review: Malificent

If you think you know the classic story of Sleeping Beauty, think again. Malificent features battling kingdoms, an evil spell, and a princess in danger, bringing a whole new perspective on this age old story to the big screen.

Pros:
Angelia Jolie is the perfect choice for the lead role. She is mysterious, eerily beautiful, and masterfully balances Malificent’s desire for revenge with her longing for love and acceptance.

The graphics are amazing. The kingdom of the Moors where the magical creatures live is fantastic and I’m willing to bet watching this movie in 3-D would be well worth the price of a theater ticket.

I like the idea of retelling a well loved fairy tale through the eyes of the villain. It worked for the popular Broadway hit Wicked after all, so why not try it with Sleeping Beauty?

Cons:
King Stefan’s (Sharlto Copley) reaction to some of the significant events (I won’t give anything important away) did not make sense. The narrator tells us that he is distraught about the curse placed on his daughter, yet he seems completely indifferent during certain key moments of the film when he should have been concerned, sad, or thankful and overjoyed. I’m not familiar with this actor so I don’t know if this is a problem with the script writing or his acting ability.

I wish Maleficent’s crow Diaval (Sam Riley) had more personality. His character is very one dimensional. This could have been a wonderful opportunity to add some humor to the story. I’m guessing the writer thought the three ditzy fairies (Flittle, Knotgrass, and Thistletwit) that care for Aurora were enough comic relief, but I found them absolutely annoying. The fairies spent more time fighting with each other than they do about protecting the princess.

Rating: 3 Breaks the Spell This film was entertaining enough, but the few points I mentioned above kept me from giving this movie a higher score. As a fairy tale enthusiast, I’m glad I was able to see Maleficent on the big screen but, this won’t be something I purchase when it is released on DVD.

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