Maleficent (2014) Review | FilmGamesEtc

Angelina Jolie’s Maleficent offers a deeper look into Disney’s 1959 Sleeping Beauty, showing a more sympathetic re-telling of the classic tale. The new story reinvents Maleficent’s character and lets the audience see how the world of Sleeping Beauty that was made famous by Disney is very different when it revolves around the villainess instead of the cursed princess. This film was put in the hands of first time director Robert Stromberg after Tim Burton walked from the project. Stromberg had been the production designer of Disney’s reimagined and live-action version of Alice in Wonderland and Oz the Great and Powerful so it just makes sense to have the same man work the same magic on Maleficent. But does Maleficent succeed from this magic or does it fizzle with disappointment even with Angelina Jolie’s remarkable talent in a role that only she could play?

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