Everyone is so familiar with the Sleeping Beauty story. We’ve heard it plenty of times but we’ve never heard it from Maleficent’s point of view. When someone says ‘Maleficent’, they’d probably always think of the terrifying 1959 rendition, voiced by Eleanor Audley.
I kinda liked the 2014 adaptation of Maleficent which I will be reviewing for you today.
But I left the cinema with mixed feelings over the cinematic visual experience that I’d just…um…experienced.
It had some positives, I suppose. But it was by no means perfect. Angelina Jolie’s performance was multifaceted and had me constantly guessing. Elle Fanning was pretty and sweet as Aurora. At last, we come to the crux of the matter. I just felt that the film stumbled from one plot point to another lacking any of the staple points of the original story which kept it together.
I know that doing a film from the perspective of other characters is certainly interesting. In today’s cinematic world, it seems that a story is never ‘over’ and there are always new avenues to explore.
Visually, the film was nice enough but beyond Maleficent and Aurora, all the other characters seemed just so one-dimensional. I understand that Maleficent was the main character but making the other characters more than just a face would have been helpful. Ultimately, it was a good enough film but you just really wonder how many perspectives you could put on the Sleeping Beauty story.
MY RATING: ** / *****