I was extremely excited for this. And I came away disappointed. I expected this film to be an origin story. A story about how Maleficent came to be in the carton we all know and love. And I should've known it was going to be different. It was a re-imagining. This film wasn't an origin story it was a retelling of the classic Sleeping Beauty Story. The story was not what I expected it was going to be. The trailers made me believe it was going to be about something else.
The performances for the most part were ok or terrible. This movie has some of the worst acting I've ever seen. An actors purpose is to make you feel for the character. I could've cared less for what was happening. They made me bored. The worst of the worst were the 3 good fairies. They were so annoying. I wish they would die or get killed. I've never seen anyone so annoying in a film before. The one redeeming quality to the movie's acting was Angelina Jolie and she was good. Just barley good enough to make sure this movie was not sitting in a pile of crap.
This film was beautiful to look at. The special affects were breath taking. I guess thats what you get for having a principle photographer as your director. There is also a negative for having that. You get one beautiful shot of the castle. It takes your breath away. Then you see it again around 15 more times. Give me some diversity so I don't get bored (I got bored). And don't get me started about how bad Maleficent's wings were. They were some of the worst CGI I've ever seen.
Maleficent is a strong candidate to be one of my most disappointing films of the year. It was a film that was dependent on Jolie and didn't care about any thing else. I give maleficent a 3.5/10. If you really want to see this wait till it comes to Redbox or Netflix. You shouldn't see it for more then $4.00.