Entertainment

Angelina Jolie casts spell on movie-goers with Maleficent

SPELL BINDING: Angelina Jolie in a scene from Maleficent.
SPELL BINDING: Angelina Jolie in a scene from Maleficent.

FOLLOWING on from the likes of the Broadway musical Wicked and films such as Mirror, Mirror and Snow White and the Huntsman it seems revisionist takes on classic fairytales are all the rage.

Enter Maleficent, a new interpretation of Disney's 1959 film Sleeping Beauty.

This time we see the world through Maleficent, a vengeful fairy driven to protect her land.

We first meet a teenage Maleficent (Isobelle Malloy) who flies around the Moors.

One day she meets Stefan, a human boy, and the two become friends despite coming from different worlds.

Years later, King Henry seeks the apparent riches that lie within the Moors and after an attempt to enter the realm, decrees any man that kills Maleficent will become his heir.

A grown up Stefan (Sharlto Copley) conflicted by his own personal greed and his feelings for Maleficent, betrays her in a personal and violent manner.

In one of the film's most powerful moments, Stefan drugs Maleficent and forcibly removes her wings in a scene that acts as a metaphor for rape.

Jolie's howls of anguish when she awakens and discovers this ultimate betrayal is one of pain and sorrow that permeates her entire arc in the film.

In revenge, Maleficent places a curse on Stefan's newborn daughter Aurora - she will fall into an eternal sleep on her 16th birthday and the curse can only be lifted by true love's kiss.

Copley's Stefan pivots wildly between a man torn by his ambitions and a raving mad man.

Perhaps in the hands of a more experienced director the moments in the film that fall flat would have been noticed and remedied.

What holds this film together is the theatrical but never campy performance of Jolie.

MALEFICENT

Stars: Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley Charlize

Director: Robert Stromberg

Reviewer: Jim Alouat

Rating: 2/5

Topics:  angelina jolie movies reviews



UPDATE: Police find missing boy, 7, near canefields

EMERGENCY SERVICES: Generic Police file photo.

Police find missing boy near canefields

WATCH: School buses filmed driving through flooded roads

Police urge people not to drive on flooded roads

Tobruk artefacts to be stored on Fraser Coast

SHIP STORAGE: Council is looking at trying to store artefacts from the HMAS Tobruk for the proposed museum.

Council contributed $20,000 to try and secure the artefacts.

Local Partners

Weinstein’s sex rehab isn’t going too well

HARVEY Weinstein has “launched into a speech about how this is all a conspiracy against him” during group therapy sessions, according to reports.

Lisa’s first public appearance since Nine split

Lisa Wilkinson made her first public appearance since her shock resignation from Nine.

Wilkinson jokes during first public appearance since Nine split

Coast singer cracks top 10 with debut effort

Coast singer/songwriter Jason Daniels has released a four-song EP and plans to tour in early 2018.

Musician looking forward to taking his songs on the road

The Irwins are coming back to the smallscreen

Robert, Terri and Bindi Irwin have signed a deal with Animal Planet. Picture: Instagram

Terri, Bindi and Bob Irwin sign major TV deal with Animal Planet

Guess which actor gives best return

Who is Hollywood’s most profitable actor?

WHICH male actor matches our Rose Byrne for profitability?