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

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  • 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 HOME VIDEO
Rental release Not currently released
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 HOME VIDEO
Rental release Not currently released
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 HOME VIDEO
Rental release Not currently released
Main languages English

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15 of 17 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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50 of 59 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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9 of 11 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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bill Mason on 16 July 2014
Format: Blu-ray
This is an effective re-working of the Sleeping Beauty tale, albeit with the novel twist that much of the story is viewed from the perspective of the villainess, played here with great gusto by Angelina Jolie. This is a gloriously drawn fantasy created by a huge team of CGI artists, but bolstered by the on screen magnetism of Mrs Jolie. The title character, Maleficent, is a young winged fairy, living in a magical world of trolls, fairies and other mythical beings. Their land borders the human world, and Maleficent forms a friendship with a teenage thief, Stefan, who has nefarious motives for forming the relationship with the fairy. The king of the human realm uses Stefan as a pawn in a conflict between the humans and fairies, and one day Stefan cuts off the wings of the young Maleficent, destroying her love of life. Years later, Stefan has a child, Aurora, and Maleficent, in a fit of spite and anger, places a curse on the child, that Aurora will fall asleep on her 16th birthday and not awaken unless kissed by somebody who loves her. Stefan hides away his daughter with three woodland nymphs, but the adult Maleficent watches Aurora grow up from the sidelines. The inevitable happens, Maleficent befriends the teenage Aurora, and grows to love her as a daughter. As a result of this, Maleficent decides that she wishes to undo the curse on the child, but this is not without complications. I wont reveal any more of the story here. Suffice it to say, Maleficent is a fabulous looking movie, with enormous fastidiously crafted sets, and stunning costume designs. However, the visual effects don't hold sway over Mrs Jolie's screen-grabbing performance.Read more ›
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