Maleficent | Chicago Reader


Rated PG 98 minutes 2014

Disney's live-action, revisionist remake of its own Sleeping Beauty (1959) unfolds from the perspective of the villainess (Angelina Jolie), depicted here as a good fairy who turns bad only after being persecuted by humans. The original movie's stark sense of good and evil is replaced here by a more nuanced, relativist perspective, which effectively prohibits the sort of nightmarish visions that made Walt Disney's early animation features so powerful. This looks impressive, though, making use of highly imaginative, state-of-the-art 3-D effects while still evoking old-school Disney animation (even the wide-screen compositions seem to be modeled on those of the original). The supporting cast—which includes Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley, Sam Riley, and Imelda Staunton—is enjoyable too. Longtime special effects artist Robert Stromberg directed.

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Director: Robert Stromberg

Producer: Joe Roth, Angelina Jolie, Don Hahn, Palak Patel, Matt Smith and Sarah Bradshaw

Cast: Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley, Lesley Manville, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple, Sam Riley, Brenton Thwaites, Kenneth Cranham, Sarah Flind, Hannah New, Isobelle Molloy, Michael Higgins, Ella Purnell, Jackson Bews, Vivienne Jolie-Pitt, Eleanor Worthington-Cox and Janet McTeer



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