Saturday, 31 May 2014

MALEFICENT

A vindictive fairy is driven to curse an infant princess only to realize the child may be the only one who can restore peace.

A very enjoyable revisiting of the Sleeping Beauty fairytale. Angelina Jolie is excellent as Maleficent and her character's transitions throughout the story are great. In fact, Jolie really carries this one. The best and most powerful parts of the movie are the "dark" parts - but the story is a whole is about the fact that one individual can be both hero and villain - and there are couple of those in this movie! The 3D is excellent along with the special effects and cinematography. I especially liked the crow and the dragon. The story is fresh and engaging. The 90 or so minutes flew by. My only criticism is that the "bright" side of the movie is quite soppy and the narration irritating. Apart from that - a darkly enchanting movie. Warning: not for small children - half of the movie is quite dark, violent and would scare them!

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