Maleficent Review

When I first saw the trailer for Maleficent last year it got freaked out. My gosh Angelina Jolie is so scary it’s the like the wicked witch is real! Literally my hairs on my arm stood and I knew I had to watch this movie. The closer we got to the film I started to realise that hey this is Sleeping Beauty we’re talking about it, I had been so caught up and eager to watch the story of the wicked witch that I forgot that this was a children’s classic.

So how will parents bring their kids to this Disney film? Should they? Well I will address that question later. First let’s visit the plot a little.

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The Plot

“Maleficent” explores the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the classic “Sleeping Beauty” and the elements of her betrayal that ultimately turn her pure heart to stone. Driven by revenge and a fierce desire to protect the moors over which she presides, Maleficent cruelly places an irrevocable curse upon the human king’s newborn infant Aurora.

As the child grows, Aurora is caught in the middle of the seething conflict between the forest kingdom she has grown to love and the human kingdom that holds her legacy. Maleficent realizes that Aurora may hold the key to peace in the land and is forced to take drastic actions that will change both worlds forever.

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The Verdict

First of all I’d like to address the issue which many parents have brought up, “can I bring my kids to watch this film”? The answer is “absolutely”! Sure the trailer does make the film look scary but I assure it, it is a wonderful film. I could not be more please with the way this Disney classic has been handled and re-imagined for a 21st century audience.

Angelina Jolie you can tell is perfectly cast for the role even before you watch the movie. Just the posters alone say it all and after watching it, my gosh she takes my breath away with every moment she is on screen. Elle Fanning as Princess Aurora was also perfectly cast I must say, that innocence that transcendence from every smile she makes and the reflection in her eyes.

I’m not going to talk about the other characters because it will give the story away and trust me, if you think you know the fairy tale, this is completely different and you will love it!

Let’s talk stand out actors and for this film it’s got to be Sam Riley who plays Diaval, Maleficent’s faithful crow. I like how the characters are really not that complicated, they all have very straight forward plot lines and emotions or change of emotions (hint).

I think overall this is a movie that’s very refreshing especially for those of us who love the classic Sleeping Beauty. I’d highly recommend you watch it in 3D to really experience the visual effects and allow yourself to be a kid when you watch this, allow yourself to be innocent and enjoy the show!

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Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

This kids are all involved in this film, watch out for Vivienne Jolie-Pitt, Zahara Jolie-Pitt and Pax Jolie-Pitt as they help Angelina Jolie make this movie a real family affair!

By Elliott Danker

Maleficent opens in cinemas 29 May 2014

Images courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Singapore

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