Maleficent (2014) Movie Review

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Maleficent (2014)

2014 | PG | Action, Fantasy, Adventure, Romance, Family
97 minutes / 1h 37min

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Maleficent Plot Synopsis:

A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. Maleficent rises to be the land's fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers a ruthless betrayal - an act that begins to turn her pure heart to stone. Bent on revenge, Maleficent faces a battle with the invading king's successor and, as a result, places a curse upon his newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Maleficent realizes that Aurora holds the key to peace in the kingdom - and perhaps to Maleficent's true happiness as well.

Maleficent (2014) Review

Maleficent (2014) is a fantasy film that I had high expectations for from seeing all the trailers, and it disappointed me a little. It disappointed me because younger children might be terrified upon watching it. It is a darker side of the classic fairy tale that retells the story from the villain’s point of view from Sleeping Beauty. We learn why the evil fairy is so unfriendly, bitter and unsympathetic when she was not invited to baby princess Aurora (Elle Fanning - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Super 8, Deja Vu) party and why she put a curse on baby Aurora. There is a lot of twists, suspense, a little humor, tons of violence, deaths, torture, anger, and frightening scenes.

I personally do not recommend this movie for younger children because it can be frightening when the kingdom and the magical creatures (dragon, tree people) battle each other - it was very graphic. Maleficent is similar to Alice In Wonderland (2010) and darker than Narnia. It can be scary for young children to see characters appearing to be seriously injured (decapitated bodies) or dead and also the scene where Maleficent (Angelina Jolie - Salt, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Changeling) gave blood curdling screams when she awoke after being drugged to find her wings cut off - they were actually burnt off with iron that is lethal to fairies. King Henry’s (Kenneth Cranham - Layer Cake, Valkyrie, Hellbound: Hellraiser II) uncontrollable anger and violence (Knights face are seen with burnt marks and bloody cuts the day after telling their King they lost a battle) can be disturbing to kids, especially the scene where he hit one of Aurora’s fairies. Kids who are use to movies with violence and watch this movie will learn about redemption, love, hurt, betrayal and human emotions.

Robert Stromberg did an awesome job directing his first movie Maleficent if he was aiming for an audience above the age of 10. I think preteens and older would not have a problem with this movie, and it teaches us that there is always two sides to a story and emotions. I gave this movie an 8 because it is a really good movie - just not for younger children. The story is really beautifully done, and I will watch it again with my kids when they are at the appropriate age to handle the darkness within the movie.

Angelina Jolie’s magnetic performance was purely amazing, and the visual effects were not far from it. I love her costume, and the CGI was superb. It was nice that her horns were shown before putting the headpiece/costume on it.

  • Maleficent Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 8
  • Overall Score: 6.64
  • IMDB: 7.0
  • MetaCritic: 5.6
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 5.1

About Maleficent 2014

Title: Maleficent
Year: 2014
Runtime: 97 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Action, Fantasy, Adventure, Romance, Family
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.32/5 stars from 293,991 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 293,991
MPAA Rating: PG
Maleficent Cast Starring: Nick Donald, Hrvoje Klecz, Lasco Atkins, Christian Wolf-La'Moy, Julian Seager, Daniel Westwood, Brenton Thwaites, Alex Gillison, Kenneth Cranham, Sharlto Copley, Jd Roth-round, Alexander Gillison, João Costa Menezes, Sandy Fox, João Costa Menezes, Edd Osmond, Daniel Stisen, Angelina Jolie, Sam Riley, Matt Hookings, Terri Douglas, James Ayling, Daniel Harland, Matthew John Morley, Elle Fanning, Peter Stacey, Andrew James Porter, Juno Temple, Guy Potter, Josh Dyer
Maleficent Writers: Linda Woolverton, Charles Perrault, Milt Banta
Maleficent Director: Robert Stromberg
Box Office: $190,871,149
Production: Walt Disney Pictures
Language: English
Country: USA