Torn between good and bad; right and wrong; greed and true love; “Maleficent” is the story of a wicked fairy with horns and wings, who casts a spell.
Cast: Angelina Jolie, Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple, Lesley Manville, Brenton Thwaites, Isobelle Molloy, Michael Higgins, Vivienne Jolie-Pitt and Eleanor Worthington-Cox;
Director: Robert Stromberg;
God save the classic fairytales and their antagonist! “Maleficent”, Disney’s rehash of “Sleeping Beauty” is a case in point.
At the very onset, the unseen narrator voiced by Janet McTeer, advises the viewers, “that the story we think we know, isn’t the truth”. It is an intriguing way to upend expectations and give the filmmakers a blank slate. But it’s soon obvious that there’s not a lot of narrative ingenuity here.