Disclosure: I received an invitation to preview this film as a member of the press. All opinions are completely my own.
Maleficent Opens in Theaters Today, May 30th.
“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.
The film stars Angelina Jolie as Maleficent, Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple and Lesley Manville.
“Maleficent” is produced by Joe Roth and directed by Robert Stromberg, with Angelina Jolie, Michael Vieira, Don Hahn, Palak Patel, Matt Smith and Sarah Bradshaw serving as executive producers. Linda Woolverton wrote the screenplay.
I had the chance to watch a screening of Maleficent just two days ago and I was blown away by this film. The acting talent in this film is phenomenal. Angelina Jolie was made for the role of Maleficent. She was amazing. Not to mention Sam Riley as Diaval – he was probably my second favorite character.
Okay, here’s what I thought of the film. The movie does have a narrator and is told as a fairy tale, which was the perfect way to go since the film spans a great number years. Angelina Jolie, as Maleficent, was witty, snarky, jaded, and all around brilliant. Sam as Diaval was the perfect side kick for Maleficent and he was always there for Aurora, even if she didn’t realize it.
I watched Maleficent in 3D, and I highly recommend watching in 3D if you can because the effects are just that much sweeter.
From the fairies to the creatures and the battle scenes. It all worked to create the back story for Maleficent and explain why she was considered a villain. Personally, I think she’s just misunderstood. If you are looking for a movie that will make you laugh, hold your breath, and get a little emotional – then go see Maleficent today. Let me know what you think after you’ve seen it!
Clips & Featurettes
Light & Dark Featurette
Awkward Situation Clip