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A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. Maleficent rises to be the land's fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers a ruthless betrayal - an act that begins to turn her pure heart to stone. Bent on revenge, Maleficent faces a battle with the invading king's successor and, as a result, places a curse upon his newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Maleficent realizes that Aurora holds the key to peace in the kingdom - and perhaps to Maleficent's true happiness as well. Written by
Walt Disney Pictures
When Aurora meets a dragon-like creature in The Moors, Maleficent calls her over to sit next to her. The dragon follows Aurora to the tree and then passes behind it. When the camera angle changes, the dragon should be behind Maleficent's head but it has vanished. See more »
I must say, I really felt quite distressed at not receiving an invitation.
You're not welcome here.
Oh dear. What an awkward situation.
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Other than the Disney logo, there are no opening credits. See more »
I've always felt Angelina Jolie was a walking, talking cartoon character, so her casting was well done. She was physically right for Maleficent. I'm still not completely sure they used prosthetics on her cheekbones. At times she made me think of the movie "The Hunger." I looked forward to enjoying this movie very much and was greatly disappointed.
The entire story is weak. I studied fairy tales in grad school and the archetypes have all been watered down to the point they are no longer dynamic and effective. Instead they merely serve to accentuate how weak and poorly constructed the story is. I was surprised the movie was only about 90 minutes as it felt like over two hours. Despite being a "modern" move, sexism is rampant in all the portrayals, so there is equality in the sense that both male and female stereotypes are awful. The boards are full of arguments about them, so I won't bother to list any here. There was a feeling of "Sleeping Beauty meets Fatal Attraction" and also, because of the way the voice-over narration by the adult Aurora was done, a feeling of "Sleeping Beauty meets Call the Midwife." Nothing felt original. Even the battle scenes seemed like "Lord of the Rings Lite".
On a positive note, the fairy forest was beautifully realized and truly gorgeous.
However, as CGI technology rapidly progresses, it seems like acting styles are totally regressing back to the Delsarte method of fixed poses and expressions: Here is Maleficent looking pensive, here she is contemplative, here she is vengefully triumphant, etc. It's like all these young male actors who continue to mistake grinding their teeth to flex their jaw muscles for actual acting: here's the hero looking determined. Or does he have a seed stuck in his molars? If that passes for acting, my horse should be a star. No one gives a very good performance in this movie. Most of the blame is on the writing because there is little for the actors to work with, yet none of the actors seem to be trying very hard to rise above the material either. Stefan is bland and weak and boring; the three fairies are just buffoons (and their CGI is so creepy and fake looking they would've done better just shrinking the three actresses down to scale); the prince is nothing but an ineffectual pretty boy; Aurora, instead of coming off as happy, care-free and innocent, comes across as lobotomized; and the raven in human form looks like a cross between Eddie Munster and what Michael Jackson would've turned into had he lived, (Why the open shirt to the waist? A raven doesn't have a white belly, so it's not representative of the bird).
The late British writer, Angela Carter, wrote a book called "The Bloody Chamber" which gives a radical feminist take on classic fairy tales. Over thirty years later, her book is still controversial, but at least it's interesting. Linda Woolverton fails miserably in her attempt to take up Carter's mantel. The characters are all too wishy-washy for a proper fairy tale and the story itself is so poorly constructed and developed that the logical flaws in the story become all too apparent.
Disney is now obviously done with creative story telling and is blatantly going for their target audience of uncritical eight year old girls who will buy all the dolls and dresses for this movie. It's not even worth buying or renting on DVD.
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