As a beautiful young woman of pure heart, Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) has an idyllic life in a forest kingdom. When an invading army threatens the land, Maleficent rises up to become its fiercest protector. However, a terrible betrayal hardens her heart and twists her into a creature bent on revenge. She engages in an epic battle with the invading king's successor, then curses his newborn daughter, Aurora -- realizing only later that the child holds the key to peace in the kingdom.
Release Date: May 30, 2014
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Good main character development. Stunning visuals. Angelina Jolie was good. I didn't feel like Elle Fanning was charming enough to make me like her as much as I was supposed to. Every male in the movie evil except one, which didn't bother me... but it's kind of weird though.
This movie was a perfect illustration of why I am such an ok.com fan. It was PG, but way too violent and scary for kids under 10.June 13th, 2014 · Details2 Thanks ·
I enjoyed Angelina Jolie as Maleficent, but every other part of the movie was very weak.June 5th, 2014 · Details2 Thanks ·
Maleficent deviates a bit too much from the original for me. While I do like Maleficent more as a character, I like the fairies and King Stephan much less in this adaptation. The movie could also benefit from a bit more humor. There is a small war scene, and other material that is too much for young kids in my opinion-June 5th, 2014 · Details1 Thank ·
"Maleficent" is a great movie. Not only the visual effects are good, but the acting as well. Angelina Jolie was born to play this character and she does it with perfection. The movie has no profanity, no sexuality or nudity, and the action scenes should not worry a parent either. I had my three year old and mine two year old with me and they absolutely loved it. Needless to say that "Maleficent" is not your old "Sleeping Beauty" either, but one more Disney movie affirming that a princess does not need a prince to save them. It is also much more about motherly love than romantic love. So don't listen to what the critics are saying - "Maleficent" is an AWESOME movie for the whole family, it is appropriately rated PG and should be a great program for all.June 2nd, 2014 · Details1 Thank ·
I loved this movie, and so did my husband surprisingly! I fell in love with the story, and the twist in the story. I really had a heart for Maleficent! Angelina Jolie was amazing in this movie!! Loved it! I have a 5 year old and older kids as well. I think its fine for them....1 Thank ·
I'm giving this a thumbs up here on OK, not because it's a great movie -- it really isn't -- but because many daughters of the world will love this, and Angelina Jolie is so captivating in it that you won't realize you watched a bad movie until after it's over. OK, that's a lie, but you'll keep forgiving the fact that it's a bad movie until the credits roll, and by that time the look on your kid's faces will more than make up for the unpleasant aftertaste you can expect to endure.1 Thank ·
This is a wonderful retelling of the Sleeping Beauty tale that puts Maleficent and her backstoryfront and center. Angelina Jolie is excellent as Maleficent, and the cinematography is some of the best that I’ve seen in a long while. Unlike the animated classic Sleeping Beauty that sets me to snoring, the emotional and physical drama of Maleficent keep things interesting throughout. Add to this a wonderful spin on “true love’s kiss,” and you have a winner. There are parts of the film that are too intense for very young children, so plug them in to the old animated version--especially if you need to cast a spell of sleep upon them. My kids loved it.February 10th, 2015 · Details
Better then I was expecting. Kids loved it.July 23rd, 2014 · Details
I took my 8 Year Old, 11 year old, and their cousin who is 15. We all LOVED this movie! I even cried at the end! Totally impressed with the actors and script. it also had a great twist that totally surprised us! This movie kept us us VERY entertained. We are shocked because people are saying it is too violent. my kids are sensitive to scary/violent movies. AND THIS IS NOT A VERY VIOLENT MOVIE! It didn't scare them at all. We are buying this movie when it comes out! Thanks Disney for another fantastic movie!July 8th, 2014 · Details
Not epic, but still very enjoyable. Very different from the Sleeping Beauty story you're used to. I was pleasantly surprised by the complete lack of profanity and suggestive themes, and while there is a fair amount of violence, there's not even any blood.July 7th, 2014 · Details
Even an iconic villainess may not be all bad.
That's the message of "Maleficent" (Disney). This live-action, feminist retelling of the Magic Kingdom's 1959 animated feature "Sleeping Beauty" seeks to rehabilitate the original film's thoroughly wicked fairy godmother.
Along with its moral shadings, however, director Robert Stromberg 3-D fantasy introduces other novelties that may not sit well with romantics -- or with those committed to the traditional family. His picture also has enough dark imagery and bloodless battling to make it unsuitable for the smallest moviegoers... <a href="http://www.catholicnews.com/data/movies/14mv066.htm" class="external" target="blank">See Full Review</a>June 4th, 2014 · Details
In a Nutshell: This magical Disney retelling of Sleeping Beauty (1959) begins “Let us tell an old story anew and we shall see how well you know it.” The beautiful textures and fantastic artistry of this untold fairy tale creates such wonder that I knew I wanted to watch the movie again within 5 minutes of the opening.
Sure, there are some flaws in the story, but Angelina’s performance as villain and heroine is commanding (although her accent waivers at times). There is a delightful touch of humor, as well as enough of a twist in the story to keep you interested. Both Stefan and Maleficent steal “something far more precious than a jewel” because of different motivations, one learning life’s valuable lessons along the way and the other becoming more and more entranced with power. Which one is which?
In a sense, Maleficent is to Sleeping Beauty (1959) what Wicked is to The Wizard of Oz (but without all the singing.) Angelina Jolie describes Maleficent as "deliciously wicked."
•Following on the heels of Frozen’s successful twist of “true love’s kiss”, young girls will be reminded not to wait for a handsome prince to truly live.
•Forgiveness is far greater than revenge. We’ve all been wounded or felt betrayed by someone in our lives; the challenge is to not let it change us.
•Guys, don’t treat a woman’s heart lightly. Consider the warning in Congreve’s phrase “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.”
Things I liked:
•I loved seeing “every manner of great and strange creatures” in the moor at the beginning of the movie. The phantasmic girls who danced above the water were stunning. There is so much to see in the first 10 minutes.
•Maleficent’s emerald eyes are mesmerizing. And those red lipstick lips...
•Maleficent is able to freeze people in a dream-like state, floating their bodies around in the air to move them to a new location. It’s a very cool effect and magic power I wish I had.
•The three fairy sisters are adorable, both as fairies and (SPOILER ALERT) humans. I love the little blue butterflies that circle around Flittle in both of her forms.
•I have a son who designs video games, so I especially notice the small details on weaponry and animated characters now. I thought the talon-like points on Maleficent’s wings were uber cool.
•I love being able to see Maleficent’s fierce horns on her head before they’re covered by the silky, black headdress. Notice her elf-shaped ears underneath the fabric.
•Elle Fanning is lovely and fills the character of Aurora with light. Her kindness and sweetness is so pure and sweet that it unnerves Maleficent and provides a contrast that draws you in. In an interview with ScreenSlam, Elle reveals that out of all the Disney princesses, she personally relates the most to Sleeping Beauty and would choose those costumes to wear as a little girl. When asked to select one word to describe the entire film, Elle said “Whimsical.” Good choice!
•Angelina Jolie's own daughter, Vivian, is in the movie, playing Maleficent as a toddler. Jolie admits it was awkward to say to her daughter "I don't like children" while dressed in devil horns.
Things I didn’t like:
* I didn’t really care for Maleficent’s carved cheekbones. I’ve never seen Angelina Jolie more beautiful than in The Tourist . Angelina brings a sexy elegance to the role of Maleficent.
•“You’re classically handsome” said the young Maleficent to Baltizar, an old, gnarled tree creature. By the way, you’ll get a kick out of his African-sounding clicking language.
•A handsome prince wanders through the forest and says to Maleficent “I’m looking for a girl.” She sneers “Of course you are.”
•“I was so lost in hatred and revenge. You stole what was left of my heart.” - Maleficent
•“There is an evil in this world: hatred and revenge.” – Maleficent
•Princess Aurora says to a hidden Maleficent “Don’t be afraid.” Maleficent states “I am not afraid.” Aurora invites “Then come out.” Warns Maleficent “Then you’ll be afraid.”
•“Oh come on….that was funny.” - Maleficent
•“Oh look. The little beastie is about to fall off the cliff.” - Maleficent
•“I need you to be my wings.” - Maleficent to Diaval
•“Oh dear. What an awkward situation.” - Maleficent
Tips for parents: This family flick provides a villain that isn’t too scary for little ones, but has some violence for its PG rating. Other things that children will see include a fire-breathing dragon, sword fights, vengeance, anger, sibling fighting, and jealousy.
The vocabulary word for the day for your kids is MALEFICENT: doing evil or harm; harmfully malicious; causing or capable of producing evil or mischiefMay 31st, 2014 · Details
Maleficent, the most evil villain in the Disney quiver. Now we get an expanded look into her character with the movie of the same name as our timeless villain. We start with exposition detailing how a young Maleficent meets a young Stephan and how over time their relationship starts to blossom into more of a dating friendship. As Stephan gets older he starts ignoring Maleficent and pays more attention to the throne of the kingdom. From here we pick up where the original animated movie starts.
This exposition lasts for about 20 minutes. For the next 40 minutes we get a variation of the classic story everyone is familiar with. For the last 30 minutes we get a severe deviation from the classic tale, so much that this deviation makes this movie it's own story. It's so loosely based on the animated movie, you'd almost think you're <i>not</i> watching the Sleeping Beauty story. It's got little-to-no swearing. No sexual content, whatsoever. For a PG, this movie stretched the violence envelope pretty tight.
If you're open-minded and open to adaptations, you'll probably be ok with the deviations in Maleficent. If you're a purist to the story and characters portrayed in the animated movie, you might not be happy that you parted with your money - you might want to wait for the less expensive Redbox copy.
I'd give this one 2.75/4.
First off, this movie is much too violent for a simple PG rating. Secondly, the only characters that are fleshed out are Maleficent and her trusty raven sidekick Diaval (Sam Riley). The goofy pixie baby sitters and the obsessive King Stefan are a waste of film stock. And finally, the real heroes of this movie (if there are any) are the effects people, i.e. set design, makeup, sound, score and CGI — all technical stuff — which means it looks and sounds great, but leaves you feeling a bit hollow.
“Maleficent” left me cold — and not in a “Frozen” kind of way... <a href="http://go.standard.net/Entertainment/2014/05/30/Maleficent-looks-delightful-but-it-s-too-dark-for-a-Disney-film.html" class="external" target="blank">See Full Review</a>
Somewhat dark retelling of the Sleeping Beauty story but a good one. Not as captivating as some would have hoped it to be but the story will get you involved. I may have been expecting too much from this film as I watched it. I was not blown away but I was entertained. The changes in the story are not all that far fetched either.
The 3D version I saw is awesome and gives a great sense of depth to the many outdoor scenes. The movie is filled with amazing characters and true love’s kiss comes from a surprising person which gives the fairy tale a fresh touch. The movie has intense battle scenes and a fire-breathing dragon so we are awarding our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal for ages twelve plus to the movie... <a href="http://www.dove.org/review/10387-maleficent/" class="external" target="blank">See Full Review</a>
Parents be warned: Maleficent doesn’t resemble anything you remember from the childhood story of Sleeping Beauty. This is the story of villain vindication. While I appreciate there are at least two sides to every story, this movie wanders down an entirely different track than the original Disney fairytale... <a href="http://parentpreviews.com/movie-reviews/maleficent" class="external" target="blank">See Full Review</a>
Parents should know that this film includes fairy-tale peril and violence with fire, swords, scary-looking creatures, and a fire-breathing dragon, characters injured and killed, death of parents, betrayal, and some disturbing images... <a href="http://www.beliefnet.com/columnists/moviemom/2014/05/maleficent.html" class="external" target="blank">See Full Review</a>
Maleficent, the story of a sinister fairy with vengeance issues, opens with visual panache.
But it fails to live up to its early promise, mostly because of an uneven tone and murky character development... <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/movies/2014/05/28/maleficent-review/8324797/" class="external" target="blank">See Full Review</a>May 28th, 2014 · Details