Kevin C. Wong

Movie - Maleficent (2014) [/]

I rewatched Maleficent (2014) in preparation of watching the sequel. In this retelling of Sleeping Beauty Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) is betrayed by her lover Stefan (Sharito Copley) who goes on to become the new king. When his baby Aurora (Elle Fanning) is born Maleficent curses the baby, who is then shipped to the forest to be reared by three fairies (Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple, Lesley Manville).

But Maleficent is also there with her henchman Diaval the Raven (Sam Riley) and watches Aurora grow up and during those years develops a great affection for Aurora, who in turn believes Maleficent is her fairy godmother. Eventually though the curse comes to pass. Maleficent decides to bring a prince into Stefan's castle for true love's kiss to break the curse but Stefan is ready with his men to battle Maleficent...

On the rewatch maybe not as good as I remember, though I guess what I really liked the most was Maleficent and Aurora's relationship and that's still heartfelt. But the rest of the story is a bit thin and I think there's too much the story tries to cover in a 97-minute film.