Angelina Jolie stars in this re-telling of a classic fairytale.
We are first introdcued to Maleficent as a child and we soon discover the reasons for her departure to the dark side.
Reading an interview with Jolie a little while ago, she said that she looked at the character that she was playing more than the quality of the overall script.
Watching Maleficent, you can tell what drew her to the part and Jolie is clearly having a blast playing it. The make up and overall look of the character is perfect. If you were to take the story down the more conventional path, she would make an excellent villain complete with cackle and evil.
However there is another side to the character. The one that is explored in this film, for her journey and descent into the dark side is a sad one, She is also excellent handling some of the more comedic material in the script.
But while the script serves Jolie’s Maleficent very well, it literally places no more than a cursory glance at some of the other characters. The more conventional villain of the piece Sharlto Copley’s King Stefan redefines two dimensional.
There are plenty of faily open plot holes left in the script that will leave you asking what has happened. It does also take a while for the film to get going. It is only when Jolie’s Maleficent comes on to the screen that the film gets any momentum.
But it is a gorgeously shot film and one that is enchanting. Worth a watch for the tour-de-force from Jolie but probably not one that will last long in the memory.
Review by Steve Mills
Maleficent can be seen at Cineworld in Northampton