Monday, 7 July 2014


Sleeping Beauty is one of my favourite fairy tales. I heard the story many times as a child and I liked the magic, fairies and happy ending. In the Disney version of Sleeping Beauty, the evil fairy’s name is Maleficent. Maleficent is a re-telling of the fairytale Sleeping Beauty from the point of view of the villain Maleficent.

I had watched Sleeping Beauty as a child and I always thought Maleficent was pretty scary with her big horns and black clothing. The new movie shows how Maleficent became an evil person and why she cursed Sleeping Beauty.

Maleficent is played Angelina Jolie who has extremely high cheekbones thanks to contouring. She looks beautiful in an otherworldly way. While she looks menacing in the trailer and publicity stills, I didn't find her scary in the movie at all.  Maleficent was the main character after all and watching from her perspective made her more sympathetic.   

Princess Aurora is portrayed by Elle Fanning.  She’s everything that sleeping beauty is meant to be. Aurora is beautiful, sweet, innocent and beloved by all.  Personally I found her a bit dull because there isn’t any dynamic about her.
My favourite character was someone that I thought about throughout the whole movie. I have deliberately not mentioned the name of the character as I don’t want to spoil it for you.  This particular character was good at the start but turned evil. I was waiting for them to show some redemption as it’s typical in Disney to have an evil character who softens. Usually it’s the comedic henchmen or hunky bad boy who has a change of heart after meeting the heroine but it wasn't so in this case.

Overall I thought Maleficent was cute, simple and entertaining film. I think it’s a perfect movie to see with girlfriends and family.


  1. Really enjoyed this one - especially as it progressed. In the beginning, I was ho-hum about it, but in the end? I was definitely sold. :)

  2. I have been interested in seeing this for a while. I loved the Wicked books by Gregory Maguire based off Frank L Baum's Wizard of Oz series as well as Maguire's other fiction novels based off of the retelling of fairy tales from different character perspectives. I would have thought that he'd have struck a deal with some film maker prior to this for his books. But perhaps he was not interested in that? Of course Wicked was made into a Broadway play.

    I hope to see Maleficent in the theatre, but if I don't get the chance to I'll definitely watch it when it comes out on DVD.


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