I have no idea how to start this review. I am not even sure I know what I think of the movie …
For everyone who has no idea what Maleficent is; it’s the re-telling of the classic fairy tale Sleeping Beauty from the POV of the dark fairy, Maleficent, herself. Obviously, you get some background of Maleficent and her feud with the king and it explains why Maleficent cursed the baby princess Aurora in the first place – and later on comes to regret her decission.
In my opinion, there were no logic flaws to the storyline, although the humans truly were quite naive and sometimes just greedy and dumb. In general, the movie was quite nice to look at. The conclusion was also as good as can be expected, but in the end I just found it extremely predictable. Maybe that’s where the problem lies … it just didn’t grip me and I wish it had been a tiny bit more entertaining.
Also, I have to admit that I am not a huge fan of Elle Fanning and her prince Phillip, played by Brenton Thwaites, didn’t exactly sweep me off my feet either. I absolutely didn’t like the king, which wasn’t necessary in this movie, so, I guess Sharlto Copley did a good job. Although the fairies were extremly annoying and reckless guardians of Aurora, it was nice to see Juno Temple, Leslie Manville and Imelda Staunton (unfortunately, not in pink but in red clothes) in the movie. Now to the main character, portrayed by Angelina Jolie: I think she was amazing and she really inhabited her role. She was purely magnificent! My personal highlight though, was Sam Riley as the raven Diaval. And I am honestly not saying this just because I once met him and found him to be a very nice and extremely cool young gentleman (see picture below)! His role was just the most fun of them all, he looked extremly cool turned into a horse and he has such a nice voice! Don’t you agree?
I love fairy tales, so naturally, I was intrigued and wanted to watch the movie as soon as it got released. From what I saw in the trailer and what I gathered from Lana Del Rey‘s take on the song “Once Upon a Dream” for the soundtrack, I had high hopes for it being a little spooky. I was wrong, but then again, what did I expect from a Disney movie? Generally, I just wasn’t very impressed, but that doesn’t mean it’s a terrible movie. I don’t know how to put everything that I said above in a different way to make it sound less negative, but it’s an alright movie. I can’t seem to find the fitting words, but it’s a good film for a movie night with the family I guess.
What did you think about it? Help me out, maybe you can put your thoughts in better words than I did!