Maleficent is one Disney's most infamous baddies. When just thinking of the term "Disney Villain", odds are this wicked baddie among the first to come to fans' minds. Maleficent is so villainous in the world of Disney that she has perhaps performed her most devious act by starring in her very own movie. Now in theaters is Maleficent, the untold story of the fairy turned sorceress. Prior to its release, Maleficent look intriguing by showing off a darker take on the classic fairy tale. However, the end result of this tale is a story that casts the wrong spell.
The story to Maleficent had potential, there is no denying that. The movie could have played with
Maleficent's perspective and how her world differs from that of Sleeping Beauty. However, the plot misses a golden opportunity by playing Maleficent as the good guy (or in this case girl). While the "untold story" was to be expected, the concept came off cliched in this interpretation. The idea of Maleficent being the protagonist was by no means bad, but it did fail in execution. If we just spent more time with Maleficent as the villain we know her to be, then I would have been alright with the story. Unfortunately, the plot behind this alternative perspective just left me feeling underwhelmed.
Seeing that this is a character driven story, the film would have to have a strong lead. Fortunately, Maleficent does have strong lead in Angelina Jolie. In Jolie's first scenes, it was hard to get a sense of her character, but as soon as she turns evil, then the true performance commences. Angelina Jolie certainly brings her A game to the role as she captures both the good and bad side of Maleficent. As already stated, the character of Maleficent would have been stronger if we saw just a little more of her dark side. However, Jolie manages to make the character work and seemed to have a good time doing it. Other performances were just alright. There was not much to characters like Aurora. Then again, when comparing her to her 1958 counter part, it was practically the same range (plus Ellie Fanning did a good job as the iconic princess) The only character who stood out to me was Sam Riley as the shape-shifting crow Diaval. When on screen with Jolie's Maleficent, the two had terrific chemistry. It was always refreshing to see those two characters on screen.
Maleficent certainly brings magic to life with its visual effects and design. The film's design may not have
However another miss from this movie was the meshing of the story everyone knows with this new interpretation. I realize that this is a different take and should not be exactly like its predecessor. However, I felt this movie missed a great opportunity by not blending certain elements from Sleeping Beauty. Well aside from the Maleficent's "introductory scene", which was one of the better moments in the film.