“Maleficent” is an admittedly great-looking, sometimes creepy
In theaters: Friday, 30 May 2014
Genre: Action, Adventure, Family
Director: Robert Stromberg
Cast: Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley
Nafnlaussaid on Monday, December 08, 2014 11:34:25 AM@Chris - First off, the story is fundamentally constrained by the fact that she curses the child. It's the most basic part of the tale, full stop. The challenge is to show how she got so blinded by rage that she'd get to that point. Not to make her actions excusable, just to let the audience feel her pain and see the rage it spawned. Maybe you're right in that an audience would be more willing to forgive her because she's female, but I'll put forth that even if you had a normal human man and did something equivalent - say, cut off his legs leaving him a double amputee having to drag himself around with his arms, done by a former lover who just wanted to get rich and score herself a trophy husband - I think the audience would still identify with his pain and understand his rage. Not forgive it - but understand it.
Lastly, there's a quote that I read once and immediately saved, as it really resonated with me. And it applies just as well here.
"It is rarely said, but post-traumatic stress disorder can turn you into a horrible person. I found its old name "shell shock", strangely fitting. Not because I had ever seen action – the poems of Wilfred Owen do not count – but because that was how I felt. Like a soft, gelatinous, wobbly little thing surrounded by a hard shell of fury."
Jo Kaysaid on Sunday, July 06, 2014 8:11:20 AMOne of the best movie I've ever seeing. Joly was extraordinary!
Msaid on Tuesday, July 01, 2014 3:23:18 PMComplete disagree with the review...the visual effects were stunning, but the way the backstory was built into the original tale was fantastic. Maybe I thought too much as a kid, but this movie masterfully filled gaping holes of the fairy tale that I perceived as a child...like the fact that evil does not develop inside for no reason. In this case, the king stole a treasured piece of Maleficent, and she returned the dark favor. My favorite part was the backstory for the reason the caveat was placed into the curse...a personal jab to the king, directly spawned by the king's specific betrayal of Maleficent...TRUE LOVE's KISS. And further depth is added by both Maleficent's and the king's perception of impending doom because neither believes that it true love even exists, due to their own experience...together. But then there is also an important re-calibration of what "true love" truly means...and it goes way beyond the superficial version taught to our daughters in the original version of the tale. There are so many psychological (as well as morally realistic) layers in this film, but you have to leave your traditional princess expectations, as well as your rose-tinted fairy tale glasses home, in order to perceive them...which I think is part of the point of the film. It's not a more mature version of the fairy tale just because of the creepy special effects.
chris wellssaid on Sunday, June 29, 2014 10:43:51 AMIts also highly sexist to take an evil woman and conveniently blame her evil doing on a man. In no movie would an evil man attempting to murder an innocent get sympathy because he was hurt by his lover.
Daniel Plazasaid on Thursday, June 26, 2014 2:29:52 PMMr. Roeper:
I am so happy you gave this movie a D because I honestly felt too disappointed with it. Many stuff I agree with you as well as more problems why this movie doesn't deserve too much praise just because is Disney. I stick with the cartoon film.
Mark Staffordsaid on Sunday, June 15, 2014 7:41:18 PMI really enjoyed this movie. Angelina Jolie is great as Maleficent, and the visuals are outstanding. Why is Maleficent ticked off? Something very significant is stolen from her.
Damion Gibsonsaid on Thursday, June 12, 2014 7:25:20 PMGotta disagree with you on this one Richard. Maleficent is a children's story to begin with, so it shouldn't be put to the same flames as say an X-Men for adults. What they did with this story is breathe new life into an old tale that many of us enjoyed in our youth. Angelina Jolie's performance was chilling, but warranted as she was playing a sinister evil. The main theme I retrieved from this film was that it was a story of a woman scorned. If the Stefan would have just done right, maybe her heart wouldn't have turned so cold. Overall, it was a warm story that one could watch with children or with other "Big" kids..lol I would have given this at least a B, for the visuals and interesting spin on a classic
JJ Abeytasaid on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 2:06:22 AMI enjoyed the movie overall, but it is pretty flawed. Please stop reading this if you haven't seen the movie, cause I'm going to do a couple spoilers. But come on, Aroura found out her "godmother" Maleficent cast a spell that was going to kill her when she turns 16, for something HER FATHER DID, not her. Yet she was so quick to forgive her...why? Yes you can make an argument that Maleficent became more of a parent to her than anyone else thereby loving her like her own daughter, yes you can say she tried to stop it from happening BUT IT WOULDN'T HAVE HAPPEN IN THE FIRST PLACE IF IT WASN'T FOR HER. Is Aroura too dumb to get that? Plus @Leslie Davis, I don't think I would call the King Stefan, not "King Phillp" as you referred to him, "evil." Of course he was the antagonist, he was totally selfish and greedy, but not exactly evil. If he truly was evil, he would of thought nothing of actually killing Maleficent, instead he just took her wings to make the first dying king think he killed her. Truthfully in my opinion, casting a spell on a young child that would of killed her, even though she did nothing wrong is WAY more evil than anything the king/father Stefan did, just my option.
Robsaid on Saturday, June 07, 2014 11:29:32 PMI don't think he actually saw the movie. The sleep lasts all of 5 minutes. And he doesn't know what Maleficent is ticked off about? Really? You don't remember that little (HUGE) detail?
Lizsaid on Friday, June 06, 2014 10:11:07 PMLooks like you just give bad reviews to good movies for publicity. Well, sorry but it's not working. And maybe next time back up your critiques because saying being raised by three women is creepy isn't really sounding too great for ya..