Maleficent is yet another movie made for 3D by people who have no understanding of cinema and storytelling whatsoever. The SFX are so disgustingly awful that I'd have more cinematic satisfaction watching a Windows screensaver for 2 hours.
Even though I like Sleeping Beauty, I'm not a big fan, so I'm not rating this out of a you-ruined-the-mythos rage. And even then, it's not just that the outcome is predictable, the acting bad (besides Jolie), and the imagery forgettable... but mainly that for over an hour there is absolutely nothing going on!
Angelina Jolie is an effect onto herself in this one woman showstopper title role giving a memorable performance in a neutered property. Liberty is taken with the 'Sleeping Beauty' myth in some interesting ways but the script loses itself and plods on somewhere past the middle section. The main problem is the weakness in casting everywhere save Jolie. Effects are good if somewhat derivative.
It's a nice reinvention/appropriation. The story feels aimed mainly for young girls. I bet that "grown girls" liked it too. I would like a storytelling and a design that did not seem so taylormade for a specific demographic. But it did please me too, most of the time.
There's some good energy from the leads - Jolie was beautifully tragic, and Copley was maniacally vengeful. The aesthetic was mostly polished and the darker elements are where it felt strongest, though there was just too much gimmicky 3D and CGI - to the point that some sequences were annoyingly hard to follow. In the end, it's a dark and fanciful interpretation of the Sleeping Beauty story that's worth watching.
Más destacable por algunos planteamientos interesantes y su presentación visual que por la intención de la guionista Linda Woolverton de dar un giro radical a la clásica historia de Charles Perrault, resulta un tanto difícil dejar de apreciar este ameno debut de Robert Stromberg como un simple capricho por parte de la anémicamente bella e influyente protagonista, verdadera artífice y principal impulsora del proyecto.