Maleficent (2014) {spoiler alert}

A very refreshing and interesting retelling of the classic fairy tale, Sleeping Beauty. 

I chose to watch this movie because the tag of Disney implied that it would be fun and entertaining to watch on a much too hot and lazy Sunday afternoon. I wasn’t disappointed. The movie is very entertaining and held my attention from the beginning to the end. However, it had much, much more to offer and that, more than anything else, was a very pleasant surprise.

I loved how the movie explored “evil” as Maleficent who is both – hero and villain in this story. It felt very modern and human – something that is always glorious in the movies of this age.

The first thing that stands out is that the movie was very well written. Linda Woolverton is a genius at work. Fairy tales are tricky subjects now since they have been retold so many times. However, this is a perfect example of how to craft a fairy tale with new artistic flares and views and make it engaging at the same time – all the while, being true to the original story.

Robert Stromberg did a very good job on the movie, of course. He had a wonderful script to work with and he only added to it with his talents. The visual delivery is fantastic. It feels like a dream and reality at the same time – fantasy come to life. The fairy tales that came alive only in children’s imagination over hundreds of years are now available for everyone’s viewing. And the story telling has adapted itself to the times at well – no longer the need for a Prince to kiss awake the Princess who he barely knows. It was quite predictable after a point that it would be Maleficent’s kiss which would awaken Aurora but I still cheered with a big smile when that actually happened.

Angelina Jolie did a very good job persuing the project and she was wonderful as Maleficent.

The score by James Newton Howard fits the movie dreamily but doesn’t stand out as much as some of his other scores.

All considered, this is definitely a Disney classic for me.

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