Don't believe the fairy tale.

Angelina Jolie is the villainous Maleficent in this dark retelling of Walt Disney's Sleeping Beauty. Follows the fairytale from the titular witch's perspective, depicting the events that hardened Maleficent's heart and drove her to curse young Princess Aurora (Elle Fanning), the living subject of the witch's hatred.... More

A beautiful, pure-hearted woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. Maleficent rises to be the land's fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers a ruthless betrayal. Bent on revenge, she faces an epic battle with the invading king's successor and, as a result, places a curse upon his newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Maleficent realises that Aurora holds the key to peace in the kingdom...

The character of Maleficent is a Disney creation, who appeared in Sleeping Beauty (1959), the animator's version of the Grimm Brothers' wicked fairy godmother. This movie marks the feature directorial debut of Oscar-winning visual effects designer Robert Stromberg (Avatar, Alice in Wonderland).Hide

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There must have been a deafening awkward silence within Disney studio’s screening room recently, given how Maleficent shares the exact same message as another contemporary Disney-made fable. Unfortunately, you’ve probably seen that other film, so the moral in this Sleeping Beauty revision will feel sadly deflated. It’s not the film’s fault, but it will cause many eyes to roll, which is a shame, because Angelina Jolie’s return to Hollywood status is a rather good one.... More

Jolie’s commanding on-screen presence exudes the sort of effortless dominance and wrath-spitting fury required from a fairy scorned. There’s also a buried tenderness that is sparsely and carefully revealed as Maleficent builds a protective relationship with Elle Fanning’s Princess Aurora – the ‘sleeping beauty’ whom she cursed. This journey through innocence, naivety, tragedy, vindictiveness, curiosity, affection, guilt and penance creates a character arc that’s very satisfying to behold, owing a lot to Jolie’s absorbing performance.

Visual effects warlock Robert Stromberg (Avatar, Alice in Wonderland) is looking for a third Art Direction Oscar with his directorial debut, warranting at least a nomination for all the CGI splendour and elegant costuming he injects into a refreshingly concise 97-minute blockbuster. The fantasy spectacle works in tandem with the soaring pace to distract from the script that loves to state the obvious far too often. The narrative also swiftly glosses over some weaker side characters and their strange motivations – why the king would entrust his daughter to three completely incompetent strangers makes no sense.Hide

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BY thorinoak superstar

Without Angelina Jolie this film would never had been made. Although it looks fantastic, the story is just awful, with twists that you could see come a mile away. The worst of the fairytale reimaginings so far.

BY GrahamP superstar

Angelina Jolie is the glue that holds this movie together.She has great acting skills and is a joy to watch.She has come a long way from the days of acting as Lara Croft
It is a light movie,as fairy stories should be.It is easy to watch but also has some gripping moments.
If you watch it for what it is and don't compare it with the original story,it does become a pleasant movie.

BY Zamm superstar

it is always refreshing to see a well-known fairy-tale from the story-telling perspective of the antagonist (protagonist-antagonist-protagonist) Maleficent.

To be given a deeper understanding of what apparently transpired, to create such a "evil" character, putting Aurora (sleeping beauty) in harm's way makes a fairy-tale more humanly relatable.

Again, this story showed what GREED has to offer anyone stricken by it - nothing but GRIEF.

I liked the movie a lot. It made me look at... More Maleficent with fresh new eyes, and it was successful in making me feel for her and I love her to bits.

I'm sure kids who watch the movie and are able to understand the story, will never see Sleeping Beauty the same way ever again.Hide

The Press Reviews

50% of critics recommend.
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  • Uncertain of tone, and bearing visible scarring from what one imagines were multiple rewrites... but it sure is nice to look at for 97 minutes. Full Review

  • With a dynamic blend of live action and effects, this is a dark, dazzling and psychologically nuanced fairy-tale reinvention. Full Review

  • If you go into Maleficent expecting Jolie to be the badass of Sleeping Beauty, you’re going to get burned. Full Review

  • These magical kingdoms are beautifully and imaginatively visualised. Unfortunately first-time feature director Stromberg brings little other than an exciting look to the film. Full Review

  • At least nobody here is warbling about what she wants before hitting the road to self-actualization. Full Review

  • If this tiresome yarn is the 'true' story of one of Disney's most popular villains then, please, give us colourful lies and happy ignorance. Full Review

  • Magical but modern, family-friendly but feisty and a feast for the eyes. Maleficent doesn't entirely reinvent the (spindle) wheel, but certainly provoke thought with its (ahem) prick teasing. Full Review

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