Flash Movie Review: Maleficent

With one aggressive act can a deep buried anger breakout from its vault inside the body. Flowing like white hot lava, it courses through and scorches the veins within a matter of seconds. The whole body becomes a pulsating furnace, emitting a constant heat fueled by the bellowing breath of hatred. If one does not have the tools to dismantle and disperse this generator of hatred, one will always see life through the smoke of anger. I remember acting this out when I had a toy that was not working properly; beating it against the floor or with any nearby heavy object to teach it a lesson. A majority of my earlier life was spent living with a burning anger. As a result I was able to quickly see it in others. My friends and I were riding in a car driven by the brother of one of the friends. A car driving in the opposite direction sideswiped us, knocking off the side view mirror. My friend’s brother spewed out a stream of obscenities as he violently turned the steering wheel, driving the car into the oncoming traffic. I was stunned by his hot blind anger heating the air around us, incinerating any and all of his common sense. That day I learned anger can be an all consuming emotion that manipulates every intention if left unchecked. The proof can be seen in this action adventure fantasy. Angelina Jolie (Salt, Changeling) was made to play this role, the evil Maleficent character from Walt Disney’s classic movie Sleeping Beauty. Though the story began when Maleficent was an innocent youth, it would show the events that led her to become a spiteful, hatred-filled adult. Despite Angelina’s strong presence, she had to share the screen with the amazing special effects. One of the reasons I liked Sam Riley (On the Road, Control) as Diaval was because he took the brunt of fanciful visuals. Elle Fanning (Super 8, Ginger & Rosa) was lovely as Princess Aurora and blended perfectly with Angelina. My major complaint about this film was the inadequate script. With the ability to take the character of Maleficent to great heights, the script failed Angelina. The lack of dialog created very little drama for her, along with the other actors. At one point the film went from embellishing the Sleeping Beauty story to a poor version of the musical Wicked. In addition the story veered into a dry disconnect that made very little sense. I was disappointed by this movie. Maybe it was because I have seen some truly angry and evil people in my life; the only difference was there was nothing magical about them.

 

2 1/2 stars

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on June 2, 2014, in Fantasy/Sci-Fi and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. I would still say, though, for people who haven’t seen Maleficent: give it a chance. The visuals were stunning – truly matching the wonderful work by Eyvind Earle. Angelina Jolie is magnificent in the role – really channeling the essence of Maleficent at times without letting it grow stale. The tale itself feels like it gives some depth to the flat tale that is Disney’s original Sleeping Beauty. (I always felt that Prince Stephan was a bit of a twit in the original Sleeping Beauty – in Maleficent he grows into a terrifying and grotesque monster. THE monster, in fact.) My advice to moviegoers is to go into this film expecting a fairy tale – because that’s exactly what it is. 🙂

    • I really loved Angelina playing this role but cannot understand why they did not give her more drama and lines. Thanks for coming by to leave your comments.

      • …hmmm…. perhaps … but then again, sometimes I thought her silence spoke volumes. But … that’s just my humble two-cents-worth. 😉

        All the best to you —

      • Thank you and I agree with your take on her performance. I wanted more drama out of the character and deeper emotions. Because I do not want to give much away I hope you will know what I am talking about when I say the most dramatic scene given to Angelina was when she woke up.

      • Wow … that scene was painful to watch. It made me cry; it hurt so much. Thank goodness for happy endings!!!

  2. I agree – I thought the script was abysmal but jolie and riley were sublime

  3. Definitely a disappointment.

  4. Ah, finally a movie you’ve written about that I’ve seen. Told ya – I’m not much of a movie person.

    I thought this was a terrible waste of what seemed like an interesting perspective. Very weak and lots of disconnects. Disappointing.

    • I am sad you see very few movies and wind up seeing this one; what a shame. Hopefully the next time you see a movie it will be a better one. Thanks for telling me.

      • The last one was worse – The Desolation of Smaug. Clarification – I see very few movies at the theatre. I see a bit more on TV. But yeah, I’m given significantly more to music.

      • I hope some of the reviews I do of DVDs will encourage you to see more movies. lol Since music is your thing, I truly hope you get to see 20 Feet From Stardom. If you are not familiar with it, take a look at my review. It was one of my favorite documentaries last Oscar season. Thanks for the clarification by the way.

  5. I looked up “20 Feet FromStardom”. Looks interesting. Will watch. Thanks for the reco.

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