Genre: Family, Fantasy
Directed By: Robert Stromberg
Written By: Linda Woolverton
Released: May 30th, 2014
Runtime: 97 minutes
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
As a beautiful young woman of pure heart, Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) has an idyllic life in a forest kingdom. When an invading army threatens the land, Maleficent rises up to become its fiercest protector. However, a terrible betrayal hardens her heart and twists her into a creature bent on revenge. She engages in an epic battle with the invading king's successor, then curses his newborn daughter, Aurora -- realizing only later that the child holds the key to peace in the kingdom.
I really enjoyed this film! I thought it was a brilliant take on the infamous Sleeping Beauty tale.
We see the evil Maleficent in a whole new light and as is to be expected learning how misunderstood she was. The tables are turning around in this version for everyone involved. Anglina Jolie makes a great Maleficent. She’s great in everything. You can’t go wrong with her leading the cast.
The film is action packed, thoroughly engaging and has something for all the family to enjoy. The production design and costumes are wonderful. I enjoyed this side of the film more than any part of it.
In one of the scenes we see a younger Aurora. This was incredibly cute. The little girl playing her was Anglina's own daughter which makes the scene even cuter.
Lorde sings a cover version of the song Once Upon A Dream for this film. I actually really like it. I think the moodiness suits the film perfectly and I would almost go so far as to say I prefer it to the original chirpy version in the Disney film. This doesn’t happen very often for me.
You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll re-think everything you knew about the sweet Disney original (I had to go back and watch it again afterwards!) – A very entertaining film. Definitely worth a watch.