Disney is right on track with Maleficent, this summer!
By Cynthia Griffing
Burbank, CA (TheHollywoodTimes) 6/13/2014. – A fan of the great early animation works of Disney might be leery of taking on the prequel to the 1959 “Sleeping Beauty”. Especially, if you were a fan of the story album, as well, which allowed one to relive the story over and over. Prequels, being a disappointment at times, not following the story line the way the audience in prepared for it to play out have been the movies in recent years. However, whatever the debate is in your mind about Maleficent, you will not be disappointed at all with this years summer offerings by Disney.
Angelina Jolie is the executive producer of this Roth film, and it is quiet evident that she has chosen to put her money where are ruby-red lips are. What a wise chose that has been. The other producers include Daniel Newman, Co-producer, Don Hahn, producer, and Joe Roth producer. Roth said the film would not have been made if Angelina Jolie had not agreed to take the title role: “She seemed like the only person who could play the part. There was no point in making the movie if it wasn’t her.” (Wikipedia, Maleficent film). The music was mysterious and enchanting, allowing your mind to drift into this world of legends and kingdoms. Lana Del Rey covers “Once Upon a Dream,” in a very mystical way, leading the audience to levitate, as it plays. James Newton Howard, composed all the other music for the soundtrack, which also leads the audience into another world.
Robert Stromberg directs this film with such care to not leave out any of the crucial elements. We learn that King Stephan (Sharlto Copley) is not who he claims to be, and that the disillusionment with ‘True Love’, is an ancient quest that many have not achieved.
Princess Aurora is played by Ellen Fanning, who adds comic relief with the direction her character takes. Diaval (Sam Riley), who is Maleficent’s servant, owing his life to her, and friend. Bringing this world to life was a stunning feat, well worth viewing. Seeing Angelina Jolie, fly through the air is reminiscent, of her role in Lara Croft, Tomb Raider. Give yourself the gift of fantasy and enjoy Maleficent.