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Maleficent (2014)

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A vengeful fairy is driven to curse an infant princess, only to discover that the child may be the one person who can restore peace to their troubled land.

Director:

Robert Stromberg

Writers:

Linda Woolverton (screenplay by), Charles Perrault (based on "La Belle au bois dormant" written by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Angelina Jolie ... Maleficent
Elle Fanning ... Aurora
Sharlto Copley ... Stefan
Lesley Manville ... Flittle
Imelda Staunton ... Knotgrass
Juno Temple ... Thistletwit
Sam Riley ... Diaval
Brenton Thwaites ... Prince Phillip
Kenneth Cranham ... King Henry
Sarah Flind ... Princess Leila's Handmaiden
Hannah New ... Princess Leila
Isobelle Molloy ... Young Maleficent
Michael Higgins ... Young Stefan
Ella Purnell ... Teen Maleficent
Jackson Bews ... Teen Stefan
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Storyline

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

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Taglines:

Don't believe the fairy tale See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for sequences of fantasy action and violence, including frightening images | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 May 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Maléfica See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$180,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$69,431,298, 1 June 2014, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$241,410,378

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$758,539,785
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Maleficent's prosthetics and make-up were inspired by singer Lady Gaga, particularly on her "Born This Way" album cover. See more »

Goofs

Shots of Aurora as a baby arriving at the cottage for the first time show she is wrapped in the king's cloak. The basket is carried inside, but in a subsequent shot, we see that the same shot of the baby in the basket is used (with the cloak). When the camera angle changes the cloak is gone. See more »

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[first lines]
Narrator: Let us tell an old story anew, and we will see how well you know it. Once upon a time, there were two kingdoms that were the worst of neighbors. So vast was the discord between them that it was said only a great hero or a terrible villain might bring them together. In one kingdom lived folk like you and me, with a vain and greedy king to rule over them. They were forever discontent, and envious of the wealth and beauty of their neighbors. For in the other kingdom, the Moors, lived ...
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Referenced in Half in the Bag: Inherent Vice and Oscar Buzz (2015) See more »

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The Curse Won't Reverse
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Composed by James Newton Howard
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Maleficent? More like Magnificent!
28 May 2014 | by foxfallSee all my reviews

IGNORE THE TRAILER: GO SEE IT!

I saw this movie tonight with a friend and it was spectacular. Going in, I was excited as a life-long Disney fan but also expecting a somewhat cheesy good-vs-evil type of movie based on what I had seen in the trailer. I couldn't have been more wrong! Angelina Jolie delivers an amazing performance and makes a well-known, previously rather one- dimensional Disney villain relate-able and more sympathetic, while also managing to look like a convincing, gorgeous, magical creature.

The CGI is a tad heavy and a little freaky at times (such as the three coloured pixies/Aunts) but was used, in combination with some amazing sets, to create a fantastic world and creatures which were reminiscent of the beautiful and imaginative work in movies such as "Hellboy 2" and "Pan's Labyrinth". The effort by the art team here really helps to draw you into Maleficent's world at the beginning of the movie and makes you wish you were a kid growing up with this movie as fodder for your imagination.

Although Maleficent's character has been humanised in this re-telling, the story really emphasises that she isn't human at all, and explores the ins and outs of her life and how she relates to the humans she encounters.

The plot for this movie really fits into the current trend of exploring the anti-hero (Breaking Bad, Hannibal...) and shows that Disney is trying to break with its past depiction of characters being black and white, good or evil, etc.

I feel like I am gushing over this film, but as a Disney classic lover I have been truly impressed by what is sure to be a new favourite with kids and adults equally. I do expect some controversy over parts of the film but I won't discuss those here.


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