Dir: Robert Stromberg
Cast: Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Sharlto Copley...
The classic tale of Sleeping Beauty told from the perspective of the villainess.
Angelina Jolie is predictably the most enjoyable and convincing element of this adaptation. She possesses the charisma and somber elegance that made the original Maleficent a memorable villain.
Maleficent and Disney's Sleeping Beauty ultimately tell completely different stories, so do not expect them to converge. Along with recent Disney animations such as Brave or Frozen, Maleficent is a feminist retelling of the fairy tale, which explains the changes that were made to the plot.
Elle Fanning's genuine acting is as refreshing as ever, and Sam Riley's crow provides the movie with its best comic relief. Unfortunately, the three fairy godmothers and their chronic stupidity fail to engage the adult audience, and Sharlto Copley is once more overly annoying because of his strange and distracting voice and speech.
Visually, Maleficent is as colorful as a fairy tale should be, although the CGI looks a little too fake at times.