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Maleficent

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6.91 h 33 min2014X-RayPG
Angelina Jolie stars in the untold story of Disney's iconic villain.
Directors
Robert Stromberg
Starring
Sam RileyAngelina JolieKenneth Cranham
Genres
KidsFantasyAdventureRomance
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio Languages
English
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Supporting actors
Juno TempleImelda StauntonBrenton ThwaitesSharlto CopleyElle FanningLesley Manville
Producers
Joe Roth
Studio
Walt Disney Pictures
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4.7 out of 5 stars

21461 global ratings

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Djilly L.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 November 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Better than Sleeping Beauty
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I think this is the best Disney live-action movie so far. Importantly it doesn’t re-tell the fairly boring Sleeping Beauty story, but it really adds a glowing back story to the original material. The visuals are stunning with the dark tones and atmosphere while the effects are very well done. In fact, the whole movie splashes from our screen. Angelina has been very well cast and is perfect for the role, although she probably had to tone-down her real-life character a little bit (LOL poor Angie!)
Must add that our daughter of 7 liked the movie when she watched it with us, but unlike the other Disney movies she has been reluctant to watch it again probably because its a bit grim with some pretty graphic effects from time to time..
Anyway this is one of my favourite Disney movies now.
7 people found this helpful
Gerald CorperReviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 December 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
A sleeping beauty it isn't
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What Disney's original animated feature of "Sleeping Beauty" (1959) had in originality, this somewhat attempted clone live action take on it misses by a mile, not so much its impressive visuals - and in 3-D which you expect, but that each scene of dialogue is stretched to the limit, completely lacking in energy, urgency and suspense.
The younger actors put through their scenes at the beginning of the story come across quite amateurish giving more a performance out of a school play. But then that was all down to the director who, it seems had all the visual efffects, sets and costumes done at his disposal then after simply filled in the inbetweens with no thought for pacing or urgency to the story and dialogue. A mainly British cast who didn't seem entirely up to the job ultimately gives little support to Angelina Jolie doing her darndest and almost having to carry the whole film to bring alive Malificent, a more central role than in its original story.
5 people found this helpful
Throda tzenReviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 August 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
“Wings. I need you to be my wings.” [Maleficent] .
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This 2014 live action fantasy tells the tale of a fairy, Maleficent, who saves the life of a human boy, Stefan, and falls in love but as the years pass she becomes her lands protector while he desired to return to the human lands. But human greed soon leads to a human invasion and she is horribly maimed and guess who’s to blame, so what happens next?
This is actually a variation on the  ‘La Belle au bois dormant’ [The Beauty Sleeping in the Wood’] by Charles Perrault, essentially showing how the queen/witch became evil and then altering the tale as ‘sleeping beauty’ -in this case Aurora, grows up. With a gripping story and outstanding special effects [for the most part], this is a good fantasy with plenty of humour and tragedy alike, moving from moments of joy to utter sadness in an instant. The story is fast paced and quite dark, but suffers from some errors in plot and script continuity, especially in the rushed and poorly written ending, but I doubt many will notice, and the evil King Henry [really?], couldn't they get a better villainous name?
The disc opens to a 7 language screen [English. Italian and mainly Baltic states] then plays 5 trailers/adverts, then goes to main menu offering play, scene selection, set-up [languages: English, Eng audio descriptive, Italiano, Polski. Subtitles: as original language selection] and sneak peaks. Rated PG this has no swearing, sex or nudity but it can be quite dark in places and parents should view this before showing to really young children as some scenes are intense and can be quite frightening and despite some noticeable errors, this is very entertaining for all ages.
16 people found this helpful
The Movie DioramaReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 May 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Maleficent malevolently rejuvenates a classic, whilst inducing you into an eternal coma.
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Maleficent malevolently rejuvenates a classic, whilst inducing you into an eternal coma. Much like Lana Del Ray’s monotonous rendition of the once melodic “Once Upon a Dream”, Maleficent herself has endured a radical change of character. Once revered as the “mistress of all evil” in the ‘59 animated classic, now reprised as a sympathetically misunderstood fairy whom attempts to protect herself and her fantastical domain from the neighbouring iron-equipped (seemingly her only weakness) humans. The horned wicked sorceress, now a good-hearted feathery winged fairy. After falling in love with a peasant boy, whom eventually burns off her grandiose wings with iron so that he can ascend the throne, Maleficent rages war against the humans by cursing the king and queen’s daughter Aurora which can only be broken by “true love’s kiss”. A notion she believes to be non-existent. Maleficent cares for Aurora from a distance, to ensure the curse is completed upon her sixteenth birthday, and eventually develops maternal affection for the beautiful princess she aptly names “beasty”. Thus creating a protagonist, and extraordinarily lesser antagonist, simultaneously.

Stromberg’s fantasy re-imagining of Perrault’s original fairy tale, and Disney’s animated classic, clearly changes the perspective of its story by altering the motives of its infamous antagonist. Bestowing her the central role and vital mechanism for commencing the ‘Sleeping Beauty’ plot. Undoubtedly, Maleficent in her gloriously acidic black attire commands every scene thanks to an engrossingly wicked performance from Jolie, whose prosthetic penetrative cheek bones carry the weight of this entire feature. Fully embellishing the original black-hearted nature of her character when re-creating such scenes including her vengeful uninvited appearance to Aurora’s christening. “Well, well...” she calmly mutters, relishing in her magnificent trademark costume and darkened visuals.

Unfortunately, that’s as antagonistic as she gets, before Stromberg’s complete misdirection confuses her characterisation and implements a tonally jarring mess. Maleficent, unlike her cheek bones, rarely receives strong development. Woolverton’s screenplay opting for a tragedy rather than a comedy. Which is adequate, if the tone had matched the tragic nature of the central character. Insubordinate comedy, mostly from the three pixies and Maleficent herself, superimpose a family-friendly aesthetic and consequently diminishes the villainous archetype of Maleficent. Rampantly fluctuating changes of heart for the central character, from raging vengeance to doting motherhood, prevented sustained natural development for the titular fairy, as the script rushes a bloated origin story glazed with narrational exposition before proceeding with the brisk events of ‘Sleeping Beauty’ (originally a seventy-five minute story now condensed into the forty minute second half of this re-imagining).

Jolie ultimately is given nothing substantial to work with, only creating an aesthetically pleasing shell of her character rather than exploring the depths of Maleficent’s tragedy. No fault of her own, more so the producers for wanting to implement blatantly artificial digitised visuals to further enhance the overall laziness that plagues this retelling. The fantasy world-building of the Moors is acceptably pleasing, with both flora and fauna exuding imagination. The distracting CGI battle sequences and green screens of fakery however were, well, distractions by definition.

The supporting cast were lacklustre, all focussing on their painful British accents rather than their performances. Fanning was flatter than Aurora’s personality, whom glaringly breaks one of the pixie’s gifts by “feeling blue”. Copley was one-dimensional and provided minimal threat to his royal character. Thwaites’ late inclusion was pointless. And Riley was severely underused. Atleast Staunton, Temple and Manville added some dimensionality to the feature as the pixies, even if it costed the film’s tonal consistency. Oh, and the inevitable breaking of Aurora’s curse? Terrible. Eye-rolling sentimentality at its worst.

Re-imagining a Disney classic by shifting the perspective of its story from the protagonist to the antagonist sounds like an act of courage. A valorous attempt to execute a refreshingly different approach. Whilst this is admirable, the antagonist themselves should not have their entire characterisation altered for the sake of emotional connectivity. It defeats the purpose of this exercise. With that said, despite Jolie’s performance, superlative costume designs and Howard’s reliable score as always, Maleficent never manages to soar through the clouds with her feathery wings. Instead, grounded by misdirection, characterised confusion and vacuous dialogue.
2 people found this helpful
Mrs. HatterReviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 November 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Lovely Looking Update to the Sleeping Beauty Story
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This slight re-working of the Sleeping Beauty story looks brilliant with some really good special effects to create a very engrossing fantasy world to immerse yourself in. There are some really magical and lovely enchanted landscapes as you might expect but also a darker side to the story which shows us how the once very good fairy Maleficent became the not-quite-so-good witch. Disney do a great job with making their stories aimed at children also completely accessible and enjoyable for adults too and this is no exception - it's a great watch for anyone of any age who enjoys fantasy and all the characters have great depth and are developed very well with their back stories.

Love or hate her, Angelina Jolie is brilliant in the title role, as is Fanning as Aurora and the supporting cast and am very much looking forward to the sequel.
2 people found this helpful
nymph1469Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 November 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
Unforgettable
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Apart from the over the top CGI and much Disney tweeness ( eg the three little fairies) this was an amazing film I did not expect to get drawn into. Angelina Jolie is mesmerising and moving as Maleficent, and the story has moments of great and unexpected power and beauty. It touched something visceral ; perhaps in recognising the coexistence of light and dark in our nature, and the truth that evil can come from the deep hurt of the once good and loving, and asks for our understanding .
6 people found this helpful
Legal VampireReviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 September 2019
2.0 out of 5 stars
nothing in particular to hate about this film, but nothing much to interest me either
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I can enjoy some fantastical and fairy tale films, including those primarily for children (e.g. 'The Little Mermaid', 'The Book of Kells', 'The Muppets Christmas Carol') but while I didn't find anything in particular to hate about this film, I didn't find much to interest me either.

Strange that Angelina Jolie is so famous as a film actress despite, at least of what I have seen, a near total absence of good films she has appeared in, with the possible exception of her unorthodox portrayal of Grendell's mother in 'Beowulf'.
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rbmusicman/and/movie-fan'Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 October 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
'A MAGNIFICENT SPECTACLE FROM THE 'DISNEY' STUDIO'S' ('ANGELINA IN SPARKLING FORM') (SUPERB IN 4K)
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Bought the 4k-Version to go with the Mistress of Evil (Complete's a matching set)
Have to say the depth and sharpness of colour and definition makes the upgrade worthwhile.
Adapted from the story written by 'The Brothers Grimm' the story of 'Sleeping Beauty' told in a slightly
different way to the classic 1959 feature-length animation version, perhaps a little darker also.
The story tells of how the once good fairy 'Maleficent' becomes the wicked one....
In the Moors life was good for the young 'Maleficent' living with the beauty the nature and the creatures
of the Moors around her.
The Kings subjects feared the strange creatures of the moors in the adjoining kingdom, there comes a
day when the 'King' decides to lead his army into the moors to kill the feared creatures, 'Maleficent' and
her friends of the moors defeat the attackers.
The King lay both shamed and injured from the encounter so much so he offers his crown upon his death
to the man who killed 'Maleficent'
Once friend of 'Maleficent' 'Stefan' breaks the trust they once had, after drugging her, he is unable to kill
her, he cuts away her precious wings and takes them to the King.
'Maleficent' realizing that her trusted friend had betrayed her to claim the throne, this turns the once good
fairy into a dark and vengeful apponent.
When 'King Stefan' and his wife have a child the Kingdom celebrates the event, gifts are brought to the palace
by many guests, the three good fairies bestow their gifts 'Maleficent' who had not been invited gate-crashes
the proceedings and bestows her wicked prophecy upon the young child 'Aurora'
From afar 'Maleficent' watches 'Aurora' grow from a child to a young woman approaching her 16th birthday,
even though the King had asked the three good fairies to bring 'Aurora' up from childhood in a supposedly
secret location until the day following the day of 'Maleficent's' wicked prophecy.
The magical tale of Sleeping Beauty retold by Disney all these years after making the much loved tale of
1959.
The charming presentation harbours many spectacular special-effects a must see for children of all ages -
The story told with all the 'Disney' charm afforded to their original release.
Superb picture quality and sound quality, great in both 3-D and indeed 2-D Blu-ray.
Special Features -
* From Fairy Tale To Feature Film
* Building an epic Battle
* Classic Couture
* Maleficent Revealed
* Aurora - Becoming a Beauty
* Deleted Scenes.
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