Maleficent is Walt Disney’s attempt to interpret the dark side of Sleeping Beauty. Maleficent tells the story of a flying fairy. When she confronts the heart of darkness, she is betrayed by “true love’s first kiss.” Proving that hell hath no fury like a fairy scorned, Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) plots revenge upon her lost love, King Stephan (Sharlto Copley), who marries a Queen and has a daughter. When Princess Aurora is born, Maleficent places a curse upon the child.
From this point forward, the film creates a dead pan comedy showcase for Angelina Jolie. With excellent cinematography and artistic design, Jolie takes the underwritten material and creates a memorable character. Maleficent is not a great movie, but it’s a fun summer movie at a matinee price.
Three months after being released on the big screen, Maleficent has been released on DVD/Blu-Ray. The DVD retains the stunning visual quality that will likely be Oscar nominated next February.