Maleficent 2014 8 out of 10
Angelina Jolie was perfect as Maleficent. I’ve never been a big fan of her in general –but her look and acting in this movie were spot on. She was meant to play this part and I think this role will probably be my favorite performance of the year. She was able to play all aspects of her character well. She was menacing one second and thoughtful or curious the next. King Stephen however didn’t seem up to the task and was not a good match for Jolie’s performance. They really needed someone stronger in that role.
The look of the movie was stunning. Maleficent’s world was truly a magical one and the scenery was gorgeous on the screen. From the Castle scenes to the Magical Moors –what was put on the screen was dazzling as the magical creatures came to life on screen.
The story itself was good, but not great. I knew going in that the story was going to depart from the classic animated movie and that Maleficent wasn’t going to be purely evil. I wonder if maybe a more classic look at the original story may not have been a better approach however. Angelina Jolie did such a great job with character that I would like to see more of her darker side. Don’t get me wrong the story as told in the movie was done well—I guess I just brought my own expectations and ideas of what I would like to see into the movie with me. Going in...... it was probably my most anticipated movies to see this year after catching the 4-D preview at DCA that I just think it couldn’t live up to my lofty expectations, still a solid 8 out of 10