I’ve been on a little bit of a hiatus - University and Laptop Issues prevented me from being able to post, but I’m back and with a review!
I’ve spent a lot of time in the cinema lately - honestly I should just move in, it’d be much easier - and the latest film I’ve seen has been Disney’s [Maleficent](movie:39352), starring my ultimate girl crush, Angelina Jolie.
My expectations for this film weren’t very high, I expected that Angelina would be a standout - obviously - that Elle Fanning would be bland, if a little annoying and that the supporting cast and characters would pale in comparison to its titular character. I expected amazing visual effects and a small spin on an old tale. Going into this movie, I was not familiar with the tale of Maleficent, Sleeping Beauty was not one of my favourite stories (Beauty and the Beast was) and so in terms of storyline, I was not entirely sure what to expect.
The film starts off with a young Maleficent played by Ella Purnell, piercing green contacts, red lipstick, wings and all, and chronicles the story of Maleficent’s childhood. A necessary but boring addition to the movie in my opinion. Perhaps my love for Angelina Jolie impacted this somewhat as I was really just waiting to see her.
After some well shot flying sequences and montages of her years spent with Stefan - when the boy visits - we get to the pinnacle of the story. The part where things turn sour for Maleficent. The King attempts to attack Maleficent and her kingdom and in an amazing but way to short for my liking, battle, Maleficent essentially shows them who’s boss, calling upon large tree-like creatures to stand up and fight with her, as she flies through the hoard of the King’s men, knocking them over and swatting them away like fly’s with her powerful wings. This scene was brilliantly shot and executed, and I honestly wish that there had been more of a battle within the film, as on the fighting stance - there wasn’t nearly enough for my liking.
The three fairies, played by Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple and Lesley Manville, were the only characters that I especially hated. Their portrayal was annoying, infuriating and over-dramatic and their scenes were actually quite boring. All they did was bicker in shriekingly loud voices as fairies, and as humans.
To read the rest of my review, and see what I scored Disney's Maleficent overall, check out the full post in all it's glory on my blog.
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