I did not expect to get around to reviewing this this weekend, but I did get around to watching it so here's my review! Maleficent is a live action adaptation of the classic Disney animation, Sleeping Beauty, but from the perspective of the villain, Maleficent (Angelina Jolie). It begins by exploring the origins of the character, but after her best friend (Sharlto Copley) betrays her so he can become the king, she seeks vengeance. An opportunity arrises when the king's wife gives birth to a child (Elle Fanning), a child which Maleficent decides to curse for all of time.
Maleficent was a real let down. Oddly enough, I was somewhat of a fan of 2012's Snow White and the Huntsman although it was nothing extraordinary. I'm also a big fan of the original Sleeping Beauty and the premise of this film sounded really intriguing, the trailers were nothing special on the other hand. I went into the film with not a large expectation, but glimmers of hope and what the film delivered was a sloppy, horribly written, predictable, cliched mess.
The only real "good thing" about this movie were the two main actors. Angelina Jolie proves once again that she is a great actress even when she's working with a horrid screenplay. There is no better choice to play the infamous Disney villain that her, she looks the part and can act the part too! I was also taken back by Sharlto Copley, Elysium being the only other film I can name that he's been in. He was great as the villain despite the horrendous screenplay that he had to work with. The rest of the cast was just average, a few of them unfortunately being less than that. Aside from the two leads there's nobody in the film that really stands out.
The first act of this film featured some of the worst moments in film that I've seen all year. There isn't a single moment in the entire first act of the movie where I would think to myself "yeah that wasn't too bad" as it was unbelievably terrible. The acting by the two kids was cringe worthy, the special effects were laughable and the writing, well the writing deserves its own paragraph for me to complain about.
Maleficent featured a horrific, cliché filled screenplay with some of the worst dialogue in a Disney movie ever. Words can't express the hatred that I have towards the screenplay of this movie. I wasn't aware of this until after I saw the movie, but the writer, Linda Woolverton, was also responsible for writing The Lion King! THE FREAKING LION KING! How could the person behind one of the greatest, most tear jerking animated movies of all time create such an awful movie? The film features many moments of unnecessary dialogue where the characters narrate their actions so that the audience gets a better idea of their intentions. This works frequently in animated films, an example being the Lion King so it shouldn't be a surprise that it was in this film too, but it never ever in a million years works in live action films (yes, that is my professional description of this movie: never ever in a million years).
Ignoring the fact that I've seen the original Sleeping Beauty, Maleficent was very predictable. If I was unaware of what was to happen later on in the movie, I'm restraining myself from detailing the many spoilers that I'm far from happy with, then I would still be able to work out what was going on. The film tries to add in some extra characters to change up the story a little, but this just resulted in the film becoming twice as predictable and twice as dull. I can say with ease that Maleficent is one of the worst films we've received so far this year, and I'm yet to see many films that I decided to skip seeing in the cinemas, but will get around to renting and reviewing.
To sum up, Maleficent is one of the worst movies so far this year with an atrocious first act, a horrific screenplay, plenty of clichés, cheesy dialogue and a predictable storyline. The only decent aspect is Jolie's sinister performance.