Monday, June 2, 2014

MOVIE Review: Maleficent

Hi Movie Lovers!


Today I'l be reviewing the amazing Disney movie Maleficent!

Poster for Maleficent

I love Disney princesses (and villains), so when the teaser trailer came out 6 months ago, My thoughts were all:
Oh my God.
I have to watch this.
Angelina Jolie.
Oh my God.

And of course, I still couldn't believe I was about to watch magical movie when we were already comfortable in the cinema seats.

Details:

Title: Maleficent
Director: Robert Stromberg
Genre: Action, Fantasy, Adventure
Lead Actors/Actresses: Angelina Jolie as Maleficent
                            Elle Fanning as Aurora
                            Sharlto Copley as Stefan
                            Sam Riley as Diaval
                       
Movies With the Same Genre: The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, Oz the Great and Powerful

4.5/5 Stars

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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.

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"Listen well, you all! The princess will indeed grow in grace and beauty. But before the sunset on her sixteenth birthday, she will prick her finger on a spindle of a spinning wheel, and she will fall into a sleep like death!"


My Thoughts:

This movie was beautiful! Everyone was great in acting as their character and I could not find another person that would be more suitable than Angelina Jolie for Maleficent's role. The graphics, art and CGI were really realistic and the makeup and costume were amazing! Lots of reviews criticised the fact that Maleficent is not the Disney villain they expected, but I really liked that side of the mysterious character.

First, I'll talk about the graphics. The CGI mixed very well with the movie! It created such imaginative sets it was as if you could just step into the magical world. I also loved how the colour and aura of her magic is different before she was betrayed and after. I thought that the elegant gold swirls and the green flaming fire were both beautiful in their own way. Many fantasy movies or TV shows disappointed me because of how unrealistic the flying was, but Maleficent's wings were so beautiful and magical as you see her swoop and using it for battles so naturally. The effort they used for the graphics were clearly shown on the movie, and I would certainly be very proud of it if I was part of the graphics and art team.


The actors and actresses were great in acting as their characters, especially Angelina Jolie. It felt like you could feel her pain and emotions that turned her heart to stone, and even though she was a villain, there were bits where she left us cracking up, and parts where you can see that her heart had softened for the characters. Elle Fanning was perfect for Aurora too. Her innocent laugh and actions were a lot like a princess. But my favourite character is Diaval, Maleficent's humble servant. I first thought that the raven's human look shouldn't look like that, but slowly Sam Riley's acting changed my view of the bird and I thought that the human appearance matches well with his personality.

Elle Fanning, Angelina Jolie and Sam Riley

Why I didn't give the last 0.5 point:

Warning: This part of the review contains spoilers.

Even though this was a great movie, I still had many questions in mind:

 Why did Thistletwit never offer a gift?
 Why did the fairies not seem to notice that the princess was absent during the time she spent in the Moors with Maleficent?
 How did a seemingly caring character have the name 'Maleficent' (a name that literally translates from Latin as 'evil doer') at birth?
Why was Prince Phillip visiting Stefan's castle?

Even though the movie had left me with many questions, I still thought that Maleficent is a magical movie and will definitely be in one of my favourite movies.


Click here to watch the Official Trailer!

Thanks for reading another movie review!
I'll see you next time!

Thanks,
Nashy (●‿●✿)