Saturday, 31 May 2014

Maleficent

A ruthless fairy is driven to curse an infant princess only to realise the child may be the only one who can restore peace. 



I grew up with Disney's old classic films but surprisingly I wasn't really excited to see this film. Robert Stromberg formerly worked as a visual effects supervisor on Avatar (2009), Alice in Wonderland (2010) and many others. For this new Disney production he's for the first time behind the camera. Maleficent is part of the classic tale Sleeping Beauty so it could be dangerous adapting it to the big screen. It must be an iconic actress to embody this iconic villain. And Angelina Jolie is the picture perfect of this character. She nailed it! I have to admit that I am disappointed by this film so far as I expected a little more of wicked and evilly things and less heart melting sequences. Beside Angelina Jolie, I feel like all the characters were ruined. From King Stefan to Aurora and the three fairies. Aurora seems very naive and "everything is beautiful and I'm pretty!" which is a bit annoying as her relationship with Maleficent is one of the most important theme of the movie. It's using Sleeping Beauty as a baseline but I'm not sure of how they justified and explained certain things. They find a way to make all sense but it's not systematically the best way.  On the plus side, we have to keep in mind that this film is mainly targeting children. That's why it has some morale whether good or bad she is. The best scene is the baptism which is very similar as the fable. There are some very good battle sequences though. They might have tried a little to hard just to focus on Maleficent. Finally, this film is visually appealing but it's not much more than a kids movie. In fact, there is not very emotional weight.


Overall, Maleficent is a magical and visually beautiful film destroying some iconic Disney characters with no major substance.        

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