“A vindictive fairy is driven to curse an infant princess only to realize the child may be the only one who can restore peace.”
So does anyone care about a story that follows a villain? They will when they take that villain and make her NOT a villain anymore. Maleficent takes a well known and loved story and puts a very new twist on it. One could view this movie as the re-telling of a classic story for a newer generation. Taking the once black and white story and making it one full of shades of gray and ambiguity between what is “right” and what is “wrong”. There isn’t much fault to be found here in Angelina Jolie’s portrayal of the title character. You really feel for her through her ups and down here. That is however, where the dichotomy comes in; how compelling can a story like this really be? How much can viewers connect with this once villain, now reborn as a both someone forced to the darker side, and then becoming a reluctant hero. It could be such a roller coaster for fans (especially those who love the original sleeping beauty) that fully connecting with her may be a harder sell than the folks at Disney would have expected. Visually the movie is very good, and does well to differentiate itself from the animated Disney universe, and instead establish its own identity. The young mrs Fanning does well in her roll also with her constant optimism and overall carefree joy. The action in this movie is also surprisingly well done for a rated PG film. There were some times when I wondered why Maleficent wouldn’t just use her powers to get out of a situation like she had at another point in the movie, but I guess even badass fairies (that’s what she was right?) get a scared sometimes. The character of Stefan seemed a little under developed, especially when it came to his motives. With all the focus on Maleficent and her journey as a character, Stefan gets a bit left out. If you’re a fan of the Disney universe, then you’d be right at home here. Some may have some problems with the changes made to such an iconic story, but every generation retells old stories in new ways.
Review Score : 6.5 out of 10