Maleficent | Movie Review

About Maleficent


Maleficent  is a 2014 dark fantasy adventure film directed by Robert Stromberg from a screenplay written by Linda Woolverton. Starring Angelina Jolie as the eponymous Disney villainess character, the film is a live-action re-imagining of Walt Disney's 1959 animated film Sleeping Beauty, and portrays the story from the perspective of the antagonist, Maleficent.

Filming took place between June and October 2012. The film was released by Walt Disney Pictures in the UK on May 28, 2014 and in the U.S. on May 30, 2014 in the Disney Digital 3D, RealD 3D, and IMAX 3D formats, as well as in conventional theaters.




Cast:

Angelina Jolie as Maleficent
Ella Purnell and Isobelle Molloy as young Maleficent
Elle Fanning as Princess Aurora
Vivienne Jolie-Pitt and Eleanor Worthington Cox as young Princess Aurora
Janet McTeer as elderly Aurora (the film's narrator)
Sharlto Copley as King Stefan
Michael Higgins as young Stefan
Sam Riley as Diaval – a raven shapeshifter and Maleficent's confidant.
Imelda Staunton as Knotgrass - a pixie charged with raising Aurora in secret until her 16th birthday.
Juno Temple as Thistlewit - a pixie charged with raising Aurora in secret until her 16th birthday.
Lesley Manville as Flittle - a pixie charged with raising Aurora in secret until her 16th birthday.
Brenton Thwaites as Phillip – a young prince who falls in love with Aurora while traveling through the forest.
Kenneth Cranham as King Henry – a monarch determined to conquer the forest realm.

SPOILER ALERT!!


MALEFICENT (Robert Stromberg, 2014) - Equivalent to a 90's slam book question of "Who is your first love?" answered with "My parents"?? 

My notes on Maleficent:

1. I'm done with these re-imaginings of classic fairy tales because none of them were actually good. Red Riding Hood, Snow White and the Huntsman, Jack the Giant Slayer, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters. Stop ruining my childhood!

2. Let's get this out of the way, Angelina Jolie was magnificent. My favorite scene had to be the one where she was staring at the beastie, er, baby from outside the window and she was vicious and gnarling and full of disdain. If only she were given an hour and a half to do that, I bet the movie would have been more interesting.

3. I'm all for female empowerment but did they really have to make the men here look evil and worthless? The king played by Sharlto Copley acted like a creature from District 9. Prince Charming on the other hand looked more like a messenger sent by the actual Prince Charming.

4. Who wants a villain slash hero? Who are we kidding here? We all paid to see a vicious Jolie and we ended up with a neutered version. (Besides, Rubi beat her to it.)

5. Bella Flores, Paquito Diaz, Cherie Gil. Just the thought of these people gives me the creeps. Sadly, this movie was like watching a really nice Gladys Reyes helping Judy Ann Santos do the laundry instead of throwing that damn labada at her and slamming her face in a big palanggana of soapy water. Now where's the fun in that?

6. It had to be said: Frozen did it (first) better.

7. Those fairies were too corny and annoying. And what happened to their names of Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather? I love Imelda Staunton but she was way better as Dolores Umbridge. Ooh, and watch Vera Drake.

8. Maleficent could heal herself, make things float, summon wild creatures, transmogrify humans and animals, and yet couldn't grow a new pair of wings?

9. Wait, so Maleficent killed Aurora's father (whom she barely met) and everything was right in the world?

10. So in this feminist version, the movie still ended with Aurora in the arms of Prince Charming and Maleficent with her male aide?

Thanks to Json Javier for the wonderful movie review of Maleficent.

Json Javier is working in a BPO industry and also a movie reviewer, he graduate in Ateneo de Manila University.

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