Maleficent 2014

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The "Sleeping Beauty" tale is told from the perspective of the princess' evil nemesis, Maleficent.

Starring:
Angelina Jolie, Juno Temple
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D

Maleficent

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Discs
  • Feature parental_guidance
Runtime 1 hour 37 minutes
Starring Angelina Jolie, Juno Temple, Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley, Brenton Thwaites, Sam Riley, Miranda Richardson
Director Robert Stromberg
Genres Fantasy
Studio WALT DISNEY STUDIOS
Rental release 20 October 2014
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature to_be_announced
Runtime 1 hour 37 minutes
Starring Angelina Jolie, Juno Temple, Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley, Brenton Thwaites, Sam Riley, Miranda Richardson
Director Robert Stromberg
Genres Fantasy
Studio WALT DISNEY STUDIOS
Rental release 20 October 2014
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature to_be_announced
Runtime 1 hour 37 minutes
Starring Angelina Jolie, Juno Temple, Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley, Brenton Thwaites, Sam Riley, Miranda Richardson
Director Robert Stromberg
Genres Fantasy
Studio WALT DISNEY STUDIOS
Rental release 20 October 2014
Main languages English

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72 of 84 people found the following review helpful By Scarlet Jupiter on 30 May 2014
Format: Blu-ray
"Let us tell an old story anew and see how well you know it." This is the opening line of "Maleficent", a re-imagining of the story of "Sleeping Beauty", as presented from the standpoint of the wicked fairy who casts the sleeping spell. The hex is one made by a woman scorned and, according to this revisionist fairy tale, soon regretted. So many times fairy tales do not transfer to the big screen without becoming Disney-esque. "Maleficent" aspires to be about how, no matter how evil someone might seem, there is something deeply hurt and human inside. Our sympathies lie with the benevolent-turned-malevolent heroine, and as the story progresses, more surprises and twists are to be found.

Maleficent constantly has to fight against her own bitterness and disappointment, being physically and emotionally crippled. Betrayed by her loved one, and the assault of having her wings cut-off, transform Maleficent from a villain into a heroine, and turn the film into a revenge story with a feminist undertone. Every subsequent action Maleficent takes is driven by the trauma of this betrayal. As an evil creature and a woman with magical powers, she could easily wreak havoc on humankind. However, misunderstood by humans, she seeks isolation and has contact with only one person, who knows her as the brave and kind soul she really is.

Admittedly, director Robert Stromberg had quite a challenge on his hands, transforming a character into someone contemporary audiences could identify with. Reinventing a fairytale, in an attempt to bring fresh life to a well-worn fable is a demanding task. There is so much to look at in the movie, and for the most part Stromberg maintains a balance between the spectacle and the intimacy of the story.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. Jennings on 7 Sep 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Absolutely brilliant re-telling of the classic tale, executed perfectly by Angelina. Amazing to look at, beautiful, heart-warming, dark and sometimes amusing story that proves not everyone is BORN bad and not everyone remains that way, life has a funny way of changing who you are and what you become. Don't miss this!
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51 of 60 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 Jun 2014
Format: DVD
I think we all know the story. Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) slips Sleeping Beauty (Elle Fanning) a roofie and allows a Prince (Brenton Thwaites) to kiss on her while she is asleep and still keep it a family film. Add a spinning wheel, a castle, and a fire breathing dragon and you got the basic story.

What Disney did was to retell the classic in such a magnificent way as to make you never want to watch the old one again. Maleficent is our horned fairy who is basically good. Both her and plot develop levels of complexity that is not the norm for children's film. There is a role reversal as good and evil blur lines until the point we root for those we had desired to fail in the original tale.

Jolie was great in a role seemingly made for her. Elle Fanning would not have been my first choice, but she was sufficient, perhaps over shadowed by Jolie. My favorite line was when Jolie said, "I don't want children." Sure you don't, Angelina.

There is an underlying theme that perhaps our enemies aren't so evil once we see the world through their eyes. This is a kids film that adults will love. Indeed, I felt like I was eight years old munching on my popcorn, chasing it with Metamucil.

The language is G rated. The PG comes from battle scenes and some dark scenes. Comparable to "Narnia" or "Alice in Wonderland."
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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 18 Jun 2014
Format: DVD
We have now been to the cinema and watched this film twice, first time in my life I've ever done that and I'm in my mid-fifties. It's beautiful, funny, thought-provoking and thorougly entertaining from start to finish. I'm pre-ordering the DVD so that I can watch it again and again.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Music girl 1992 on 30 July 2014
Format: DVD
My mum came to the cinema with me when maleficent came out and when we saw the film its was breathtaking
the special effects the meaning of the story thorough the characters eyes i could see the film over and over again Angelina Jolie
who played (Maleficent) Elle Fanning who played (Sleeping Beauty) captured the Disney Classic Sleeping beauty to a modern twist film and a round of applause Love It xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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Format: DVD
Both me and my 13 years old daughter we liked this film A LOT, even if there are some weaker spots (and I still like the original Disney film more). Below, more of my impressions, with some very limited SPOILERS.

As the title indicates, this film focuses on Maleficent rather than on Sleeping Beauty and tells her story from the very beginning, when she was still a kid and later a teen-ager (in those scenes she is played successively by 13 years old Isobelle Molloy and 17 years old Ella Purnell). Therefore, in the first minute of the film we learn that once upon a time there were two kingdoms, one human and one fairy, neither of them very big and also that they were neighbours, but hardly ever friends.

From the very beginning it is clear that there is some history and quite a lot of bad blood between those two realms, as humans are extremely unwelcome in the fairy kingdom - and also that there is an old territorial dispute, because there are ruins of a powerful human fortress, without question brought down with great violence, on what is presently fairy territory...

The human kingdom is ruled by old King Henry. On another hand the fairy country doesn't have a real ruler, but even as a child Maleficent seems to be considered as a dominant figure of authority, mostly (I believe) because she is an exceptionally powerful spell-caster. This is not said in the film, but the fact that she was born with those splendid horns (she is the only one with such a proud display) may have predestined her to a role of fairies leader - if ever there is need for such a person... She is also without question the fastest flyer amongst the fairies, thanks to her powerful magic wings.
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