Starring: Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning,
Sharlto Copley, Lesley
Manville, Imelda Staunton,
Juno Temple, Sam Riley,
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy
Audience: Older children to adults
Runtime: 97 minutes
Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures/Walt
Director: Robert Stromberg
Executive Producer: Sarah Bradshaw, Don Hahn,
Angelina Jolie, Stephen Jones,
Stephen Jones, Polak Patel,
Producer: Joe Roth
Writer: Linda Woolverton
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Maleficent, played by Angelina Jolie, is one of the strongest fairies in the forest, with large wings to support her and her magical powers. As a young fairy, she meets Stefan, a boy wondering through the forest. Stefan tells her he will come back to see her, but he has great hopes to one day end up in the castle, even though he is from a farming family.
As the two grow up, they grow more and more in love. Stefan even gives Maleficent a “true love’s kiss” on her 16th birthday. Years pass, however, and Stefan doesn’t return after the kiss but instead goes to work in the castle.
When the king goes to take down the forest where Maleficent lives, she tries to protect the forest. A war begins, and Maleficent ends up seriously wounding the king protecting her forest. This leads the king to his deathbed, where he tells his soldiers that whoever kills Maleficent will be his successor to the throne.
Stefan hears this and goes to find Maleficent. He almost kills her but instead cuts off her wings. Returning the wings to the king, Stefan will now reign as king once the king dies.
Years pass and Stefan becomes king, marries and has a baby. Heartbroken, Maleficent goes to the christening of the baby to make an impact. With a revengeful heart, Maleficent puts a curse on the baby girl named Aurora, saying she will die on her 16th birthday unless she receives a true love’s kiss.
From this point onward, Stefan is completely fixated on protecting his daughter and killing Maleficent. Aurora is taken to the forest to be hidden from Maleficent before her 16th birthday and raised by three silly fairies. However, Maleficent easily finds Aurora. Surprisingly, Maleficent’s heart is changed by Aurora, who brings joy and love, but there is no stopping the curse or Stefan.
MALEFICENT is a very dark portrayal of Sleeping Beauty. The movie will confuse viewers about who the villain is. Although Maleficent has put a curse upon Aurora, her heart is changed, but she still uses magic. Then, toward the end of the movie, the villain becomes Stefan, the father, who wants to take down the forest and kill Maleficent. This leaves viewers confused on who’s the real hero. Though you would like to root for Maleficent, she is a very dark and scary character who uses dark magic. Of course, the concept of a villainous father is not a good concept at all. In fact, the father gets more evil as the story goes along. Finally, there’s an environmentalist message to the movie where mankind is the problem, destroying the forest and bringing in iron, which hurts the fairies.
MALEFICENT has some plot holes, but otherwise is a well-made movie with good special effects and costumes. However, it’s an extremely scary movie for children. Though seemingly aimed at families because of its PG rating, this is not a family-friendly fantasy. So, the audience for the movie is a big question. MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution for MALEFICENT.
MALEFICENT is a very dark portrayal of Sleeping Beauty. The real villain turns out to be the father. Also, there’s an environmentalist message where mankind is the problem. MALEFICENT has some plot holes but otherwise is well-made. However, it’s too scary for children. Movieguide® advises extreme caution for MALEFICENT.