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Maleficent Review: Fairy Tale Turned Around

May 31, 2014 | By

Maleficent unlike Frozen stays away from musical genre and tells the tale of the Sleeping Beauty from the villain’s point of view.


Elle Fanning in Maleficent

Elle Fanning in Walt Disney Pictures’ “Maleficent” – 2014
(Pic: Movie stills from Disney)

Disney does it again after Frozen and Brave. It is very strategically moving its audience away from the clichéd fairy tales where the queens and princesses always need a prince to wake them up from a coma or save them from dragons.

But, Maleficent unlike Frozen stays away from musical genre and tells the tale of the Sleeping Beauty from the villain’s point of view. The reason for the fairy (witch) to curse the princess to fall into infinite slumber till a true love’s kiss wakes her up.

The movie has amazing production quality as expected out of every Disney movie, great make up and prosthetics including pretty realistic wings for much beautiful and talented Angelina Jolie.

The 3D effect gives magic new dimension and beautiful creatures provide childlike freshness. The intensity of the movie was such that the whole cinema hall full of kids was silent till the very end of the movie.


Angelina Jolie in Maleficent

Angelina Jolie in Walt Disney Pictures’ “Maleficent” – 2014 (Pic: Movie still from Disney)

Few things that made it less than a prefect movie from an adult’s point of view:

1. King Stephan sending his only princess daughter to live for many years with 3 foolish pixies instead of keeping her safe in an iron castle in front of his own eyes etc. … guess it’s a fairy tale so such liberty is allowed for the events in the story to take place.

2. Despite subtle humour in some places treatment of the movie is serious and dramatic and not much of comic fun moments though I understand that’s how the movie was conceived. It was meant for children and I assumed it would have more comic moments. But none of the children stirred for a moment in the theater, so I gather the movie hit its target audience well.

Despite the above two points I recommend the movie. Watch with kids specially daughters over an afternoon bonding session with them – just to ensure they grow up knowing there is some one beyond a prince who will always come to their rescue.

Shakun Rana Narang is Administrator of Moviemaniacs Facebook Group. The opinions shared by the reviewers are their personal opinions and does not reflect the collective opinion of Moviemaniacs Facebook Group or Learning and Creativity emagazine.

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Shakun Narang is passionate about people, dancing, music, kids and their safety rights, traveling and city exploring. She is a perpetual dreamer and dream-chaser, a friend for life and companion for all conversations and part time Agony Aunt. A moviebuff and bookworm herself she is actively working on her Facebook communities Moviemaniacs and Bookoholics to be that happy place where people bursting with views and reviews around movies and books can meet and mingle with like minded people.
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