Claps for: - The admirable wings of Maleficent, peachy magic scenes and visual effects.
Slaps for: - The second half gets a tad predictable.
Cast: - Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple, Lesley Manville.
Plot: - The plot differs from that of the original parable of Sleeping Beauty. The tables are turned and the audience discovers that evil queen Maleficent(Jolie) too has an underlying soft side ruined by the traumatic experiences of her past.
Maleficent been brought up in Moorland, eventually grows up to be the protector of the Moors from the hostile humans, however her true love Stefan (Sharlto Copley) betrays her for the greed of the throne that the king promised to reward anyone who kills Maleficent. Feeling dejected and heartbroken Maleficent shuns herself from the world and turns the otherwise picturesque Moorland into an evil breeding abode. However after Stefan's wife, the queen gives birth to a daughter Aurora (Elle Fanning). Maleficent returns for vengeance and curses the infant to fall into a fatal slumber on her sixteenth birthday by pricking her finger on the spinning wheel, yet if there is one way to mend the eternal curse, then its true love's kiss. Later on the king sends away Princess Aurora to a jungle with three pixie fairies where ironically Maleficent nurtures the baby, remorse's casting the curse and even after severe attempts is unable to revoke it.
Combo on offer: - Jolie's credible acting synthesized with immense action, convincing fairy costumes, tangible 3D visuals and scenic setting. The concept is good; the cinematography cuts a clear picture of the screenplay. The movie is visually spectacular and succeeds in creating a terrific imaginary world. Angie's gothic makeup and wardrobe set an epitome for a classic villain. The transition of Princess Aurora from a cutesy little baby to a 16 year old, look pretty much like being played by the same girl! Sharlto Copley as well pulls off the antagonist part seamlessly. All in all, the movie's in for a heady start.
Our verdict: - The special effects and Jolie's acting deserve claps for raising the bar of fantasies to a whole new level.