Thursday, May 29, 2014

Maleficent is Magnificent

Review of the Disney movie, "Maleficent.
Angelina Jolie is Maleficent. (Disney)
I couldn’t wait to see Angelina Jolie’s performance as Maleficent in Disney’s upside down production of the Sleeping Beauty story, but I half expected to walk away being disappointed. Instead, I was thrilled.

This movie is not for those who have never seen Walt Disney’s original animated ’59 film or are not familiar with the basic story. No, this is a movie for those who have and if you think you’ll just see a rehashing of the same old story, think again. Linda Woolverton, who has written many screenplays for Disney including 2010’s Alice in Wonderland, has written another fantastic example of storytelling. It takes a special knack in telling a story that follows the basic premise of the original tale that you and then showing you a different side to it. Honestly, I didn’t know how the movie was going to end, which made the movie very fun to watch. It is full of action and adventure. Even the theme song, “Once Upon a Dream,” sung by Lana Del Rey during the end credits is creepy-sounding.

It is by no surprise how good Jolie is in role of the villain. The scenes during baby Princess Aurora’s coronation are especially impressive and match the iconic role of the original. She is deliciously evil, but as this version will tell you, she wasn’t always.

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