I don't pretend to be a film expert and I don't often go and see films unless I really want to go and see them. Today, I went to go and see new release, Maleficent, which stars Angelina Jolie as the lead.
Maleficent is the hidden story of Disney's Sleeping Beauty villain. We all know the story, evil fairy Maleficent curses Princess Aurora, Aurora fulfils the curse by pricking her finger on the spinning wheel before being awoken by true loves kiss. The Maleficent film follows this plot still but from Maleficent's perspective. The film begins with us being introduced to a care free young Maleficent. We're introduced to her wonderful home in the moors where fairies and other mystical creatures live which looks visually stunning on screen. It doesn't take long before a human boy, Stefan, stumbles across the home of the creatures. Maleficent falls madly in love but it isn't long before Stefan wrongs her and steals her wings in order to become king. Maleficent seeks revenge so attends King Stefan's daughter Auroras christening, to gift her with the curse.
Angelina Jolie is wonderfully cast as Maleficent, if I could have imagined how cartoon Maleficent would've looked as a real person, Jolie fits the bill perfectly. She portrays the heartache that Maleficent encounters wonderfully. It is worth going to see this film just on Jolie's performance alone.
I expected to see more of an evil Maleficent in this film. However, the scene where the curse is gifted upon Aurora is fantastic. You truely see Maleficent's wrath and for me is the stand out scene of the film. For the duration of the film you see a different side to Maleficent, the side that grows attached to the young Aurora and realises that she made a grave mistake in cursing her.
Although this film is no match for some of some of Disney's standout films of late such as Frozen and Pirates of the Caribbean it certainly didn't disappoint. If you are a fan of the original Sleeping Beauty or are just eager to see Angelina Jolie's latest film, I wouldn't hesitant in recommending that you see the film.
4 stars out of 5.
Maleficent is out in cinemas now.