I heard about this movie when it was advertising its release, so I checked it out to see how it played out.
For what I know, there are differences from the original 1959 animated film, Sleeping Beauty. Angelina Jolie played as Maleficent who was originally a fairy, but had a change of heart between a devoured villain and a godmother to Aurora. She did an outstanding job intimidating Maleficent as what she originally portrayed in Sleeping Beauty. Although I was not expecting an interesting backstory from her character when she was a fairy who grew up as an innocent one before her wings were take away, and took revenge on Stefan who took orders from King Henry that ruled Stefan king of his castle before he died from Maleficent's attack. Her sidekick crow is also interesting to watch when it became human who was saved by Maleficent, besides being killed off from the fairies in the original. She gave him the ability to transform any creature to scare off and defend her from the king's army.
As far as the characters are concerned, they are different from the original Sleeping Beauty as I remembered watching as a young lad. In this movie, they have the same enchanting, and intriguing roles aside from what they were supposed to resemble apart from the animated film. Maleficent looked really stunning like in the original, and she resembles a classy witch that has the same formulas and attitude from the original. However I was expecting her to be the main villain to curse Aurora into deep sleep and turn into a dragon to devour Prince Philip. Instead, she had a change of heart when she was originally a fairy that was devoured from Prince Stefan who took her wings from King Henry, and had to kill off Stefan from portraying her for his King's sake. Prince Philip does not come as a true, brave price to break the spell with true love, which to me is disappointing. He didn't have much to do except coming across Aurora and didn't come with true love to her. On a positive note, the fairies are fun to watch, especially they deliver funny moments. The baby delivers cute faces as I chuckled Maleficent's insults that don't affect her feelings. All in all, the characters and their representations are nicely done, even though there are a few things that I wished they could have developed but they're interesting to see in live-action.
The special effects and CGI, to me, are stunning as they play an appropriate time and atmosphere. This is the only reason why I'm comfortable seeing CGI in most fictional films besides being overused in realistic and self-explanatory films. I consider the effects as tools used in stories that belong to various tales and worlds where they can only impress as it's own.As for the soundtrack, I really like the composing that was played throughout, and, like Saving Mr. Banks, it does not have an unnecessary pop song to go along with any part of the film. Instead, there is a soothing, deep revised version of "Once Upon a Dream" in the end.
The movie itself shows a variety of a more spiritual visualization adapted from the original, and it intrigues me with every act in a magical and dark point of view. Sure, I do find some differences a little disappointing but it played really well to what Disney presented as a live-action princess remake. I find it entertaining like in every animated Disney film, and this one shows what most live-action Disney remakes can show by its own quality and magic thrown into a blender. If you've remembered watching Sleeping Beauty as a child, and wondered what Maleficent differentiates from the original film, I recommend it out while its out. Don't forget to bring a princess as your company in your theater!
My Rating: 4/5 Maleficent heads
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