New twist on Disney classic

Last updated 09:02 24/06/2014

FIERY: Angelina Jolie turns in a powerful performance as the title character in Disney's Maleficent.

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MALEFICENT: Starring Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning; directed by Robert Stromberg

OPINION: This is not a film to take your boyfriend to.

It is definitely a film you can, and should, take the young one in your life to; and be reassured that you won't be sitting in the cinema nodding off in boredom or tearing your hair out at the painful stupidity of kids' movies these days.

Maleficent is Disney's efforts to rework an old Disney film loved by generations - Sleeping Beauty.

It tells the story of two kingdoms which end up at war with one another, which I realise sounds boring. But the stunning visuals and lovable characters really make this film watchable, and enjoyable. Both hero and villain in the film, Maleficent was played by Angelina Jolie, a stellar choice. Playing a villain in a way to make the audience willing to love her despite her hateful attitude is not an easy task, and Jolie pulled it off seamlessly.

Her porcelain features and strong cheekbones were accentuated by costume design, giving the ethereal feel to her character.

The little fairy critters throughout the film were incredibly endearing, and although most didn't speak, their characters shone through with beautiful animation and some clever script writing.

For someone who grew up with Disney films in their prime (I'm talking Lion King, Pocahontas, Beauty and the Beast), I have been a little sceptical of their new endeavours.

The musical score was fitting to the film, but not particularly memorable.

What I loved about Maleficent was how Disney took a twist on a classic favourite, and how well they pulled it off.

While I'm not sure Maleficent will make it to the list of Disney canons, as an adult I prefer it to watching Sleeping Beauty.

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- The Southland Times


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