The basic story of an evil witch cursing a princess to prick her finger on her 16th birthday and die remained mostly intact. The big change was that it started with Maleficent as a child and you get to see how she became evil. She starts a nice kind girl. The three fairies – pink, blue and green are also around. Although they are portrayed as bumbling idiots.
Maleficent rescues a boy; Stephen who has stolen a rock from the rock people living in her kingdom. They become an item, right up until he gives her a kiss on their sixteenth birthday. Maleficent becomes the protector of fairies.
A nearby king threatens Fairyland. There was a good battle, which Maleficent ensues victory by flying around and knocks the king off his horse! A twist is that Stephen, who kissed her, is in the king’s court. He is there when the king announces that anyone who can bring him Maleficent’s head will be king! Stephen lulls Maleficent into a false sense of security. When she falls asleep, he goes to kill her but cannot. Therefore, he chops off her wings!
Taking her wings back gets him the kingdom, the king dies and Stephen gets to succeed him. He marries another girl who becomes queen. They have a daughter Aurora, the one who will be Sleeping Beauty. The tale from there more or less follows the tale with a few twists and turns.
Although only the pink fairy gets to cast her gift of beauty on the baby princess, Maleficent is the one who changes her spell to send the princess into deep sleep rather than die.
I have to say, I wasn’t wowed by this. I didn’t like the fact the three good fairies were stupid. A boy breaking her heart causing Maleficent to become evil was a bit stale. Angelina’s portrayal was restrained, as if she wasn’t quite comfortable doing some of the stuff. King Stephen becomes a bit of fruitcake – again lacking any originality at all. It was like a textbook A-B of how to make one-dimensional characters. No one stood out very well.
Although there is a twist on the true love’s first kiss to awaken Sleeping Beauty. I did like that. In addition, there are some good scenes between Maleficent and her cohort, who becomes the customary crow but also other animals too. The barrier of thorns remained.
However, the King’s guards were just as bumbling as the three friaries. In fact, the three fairies had so little to do, I’m surprised the director didn’t lump them into one character. Being good doesn’t mean you’re thick!
Therefore, I’m giving 7/10 for this movie. Good in places but a little long, which I think the youngsters will struggle with and it’s filled with basic characters.
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