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Maleficent (2014) Movie Reviews

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03/07/2017 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

I believed in fairy tales again during 97 minutes

“Before the sun sets on her sixteenth birthday, she will fall into a sleep like death!”

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The very first feature film I've seen (as far as I can remember) was the original Walt Disney film "Snow White and the seven dwarfs" when I was about 6 years. It was in such a tiny village cinema in the pre-smartphone era. You could actually enjoy a movie without the feeling that you were in some kind of nightclub with all these luminescent screens. That movie made quite an impact on me. Maybe that's where my love for the medium of film was created. Later in life, I read lots of books. Especially the fantasy genre appealed to me. A fantasy world as Terry Pratchett, Feist, Terry Goodkind and Tolkien (of course) described it. When reading a book about a mythological and magical worl...

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10/29/2014 (2 of 2 found this helpful)

A Tame Maleficent, a Wicked Jolie

With all the reboots and "re-imagining" of characters and stories (Batman to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and much, much more) it's wasn't a question of if Disney was going to dip into this well, but when. While so many heroes are given a "gritty" side these days, in this case one of the Disney's most recognizable villains is given a more favorable makeover. Sleeping Beauty was never my favorite Disney movie - but Maleficent (and that dragon) were by and far the best parts of the animated classic. However, this story isn't a retelling of that tale, but rather the story taken from the point-of-view of the main villain - who maybe isn't so bad after all.

We are introduced to two kingdoms - the human kingdom, where greed and power rule and the harmonious forest kingdom...

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06/02/2014 (3 of 3 found this helpful)

'Maleficent' Casts a Spell of Boredom

I had no desire to see this film. To me, this looked like Disney cashing in on one of their familiar brands. And that's exactly what it is, a soulless money throwing exercise. To be fair, the money is up on the screen. But all the creativity, movie-making craft, and entertainment are left behind. The visuals, pretty as they may be, are CGI overload! Nothing real to latch onto here besides the human actors. Those actors are given zero to work with, due to the poor writing. This isn't a live-action retelling of the famed animated Disney classic 'Sleeping Beauty'. This is an entire overhaul of that story. Nothing is the same besides the setting, character names, and some relationships. Okay, a brand new story. I could go along with the idea. NOT in this case. The new story is t...

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05/31/2014 (2 of 2 found this helpful)

Maleficent Dissapoints

Angelina Jolie makes the perfect Maleficent, It’s really too bad that she is mostly forced to play someone else instead. The Maleficent of this movie has very little in common with the movie villain that was one of the saving graces of the Disney animated original. Instead of getting the “Mistress of all evil,” we get a wishy washy hero character.

The movie gets Maleficent’s back-story out of the way pretty quickly, which is the first disappointment. Maleficent goes from being good, then to being evil and then finally to being good again before the movie is half way over. This was marketed as Maleficent’s origin story, but they didn’t seem very interesting at portraying that, and what they do show us is half baked and cliché. Maleficent turns evil because some guy broke up with he...

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