Maleficent Movie Review

I was given free passes to the advance screening of Maleficent. No financial compensation was received and I was not required to give a positive review. Thoughts are my own.


If there’s one thing I love watching or reading, it’s books or movies that have a different take on the usual stories we know. That’s why I love the TV series “Once Upon A Time” so much. And that’s also why Maleficent is included in my list of must-watch movies.

“Maleficent” explores the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the classic “Sleeping Beauty” and the elements of her betrayal that ultimately turn her pure heart to stone. Driven by revenge and a fierce desire to protect the moors over which she presides, Maleficent cruelly places an irrevocable curse upon the human king’s newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Aurora is caught in the middle of the seething conflict between the forest kingdom she has grown to love and the human kingdom that holds her legacy. Maleficent realizes that Aurora may hold the key to peace in the land and is forced to take drastic actions that will change both worlds forever.

The film stars Angelina Jolie as Maleficent, Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple and Lesley Manville. It is produced by Joe Roth and directed by Robert Stromberg, with Angelina Jolie, Don Hahn, Palak Patel, Matt Smith and Sarah Bradshaw serving as executive producers. Linda Woolverton wrote the screenplay.

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Maleficent brings back childhood memories. The scenes that I used to see only from colored pages of fairy tale books came to life — the moors, legendary creatures such as elves, gnomes, pixies and especially fairies. I can’t help but feel the awe in seeing how the enchanted forest came to life. The plot narrates the story behind why Maleficent (the evil witch) cast a spell on the baby princess Aurora.

The movie was about an untold story of betrayal that led to revenge which is what we don’t read or see in the traditional Sleeping Beauty story. I love the story’s twist! You just have to watch how this story depicts a true love’s kiss. There are scenes and lines that will just make you laugh and sometimes get emotional or cheesy.

One thing I felt is the soft spot, the “heart” of the movie, especially for me as a mom. The reality is that no matter how evil one can get, in the end there’s still a never-ending search for love and peace.

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MALEFICENT is rated PG and is now showing in theaters everywhere!

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I was given free passes to the advance screening of Maleficent. No financial compensation was received and I was not required to give a positive review. Thoughts are my own.


Maleficent Movie Review — 70 Comments

  1. I really really cannot wait to see this, thank you for sharing this great review.

  2. Thanks for the review, like most movies, I will probably catch this one when it’s released on DVD, unless a movie is good for a 2 year old or we have a baby sitter, we don’t get to see it in the theater! Maleficent looks pretty cool!

  3. I love Once Upon a Time also and think this is a movie that my oldest granddaughter and I would love to see. Thank you for the review. It makes me want to watch it even more.

  4. i was reading how heavy the headpiece was that she wore and how she came abt her voice. she tried diff voices on her kids and then the one they liked is the one she used. also her daughter is in the film

  5. Thankyou for this review, and the insight that the movie Maleficent and why her heart turned to stone. I am waiting for it to come out on DVD to see it, thank you.

  6. This movie sounds interesting. If I had a child, I would take them to see the movie.

  7. I would say this is an interesting too go see indeed. I bet the headpiece & makeup was hard too handle wearing such a long period. yet Disney films are the best for sure

  8. We are supposed to go this weekend when family comes in from Louisiana. I hope they like it!

  9. I was so frightened by Sleeping Beauty when I was a kid – the whole dragon scene had me under my seat in the theater! However, this sounds much more interesting and not so scary.

  10. My daughter-in-law and I are going to see this movie tomorrow and we are both so excited! We both love fairy tales and I can’t wait to see how this one plays out on the big screen.

  11. wow what a great review and I so want to see this movie, was suppose to go see it and felt ill so we shall see… thanks again for share

  12. I’m looking forward to seeing this in the theater. I want to see it on the big screen.

  13. I’m so excited to see this!e have plans to go this weekend and I can’t wait! The cinematography looks stunning!

  14. I must say the review is amazing and i’m so looking forward to watching the movie. its a great film and i like Angelina Jolie.

  15. I have seen mixed reviews on this movie but mostly people just saying they loved it or didn’t think it was that great. I enjoyed reading your more thorough review.

  16. I heard this movie is EXCELLENT!! It is not scary at all and teaches alot of life lessons. They said Angelina Jolie is amazing!!

  17. What a great review. I don’t think people realize that you bloggers do so much to give us an insight on things that you really don’t have to. I can’t say the movie much appeals to me but I did enjoy your review and thank you for your time

  18. I so want to take my grandchildren to this movie. I have heard nothing but great things about the movie. Thank you for your review.

  19. I can’t wait to see this movie. I wanted to see it before i read the review but after reading this I really must see it now!

  20. Angelina Jolie is one of the most beautiful and generous actress around. She can pull off any role wonderfully.

  21. Can’t wait till this gets to the 2nd-run theater near my house. Enjoyed your review too!

  22. I was surprised at how much I liked this movie. The ending was sweet and non traditional and strayed from the traditional storyline but I liked that part of it!

  23. I appreciate the review. It does look like a movie that I need to see on the big screen, rather than waiting to see it on DVD.

  24. I have seen promos for this movie but was afraid it would be too dark for my kids. Thank you for your review and helping me see it isn’t as evil or frightening as I assumed. We were looking for a family friendly movie to see this summer.

  25. I still haven’t seen this. It’s getting a lot of coverage in the media. I’ve read mixed reviews. I’ll wait until it comes out and I can see it on line.

  26. this movie was amazing!! by far the best movie disney has produced i think, that is not cartoon!!! it was great from start to finish, i loved the ending! my daughter loved it as did my mum!!!

  27. I wanted to see this movie even before your review but your review just made want to see it even more. Thanks for the honest opinion. I hate when you think a movie is gonna be good only to see it and be disappointed so thanks for the review.

  28. I have been hesitant about seeing this moving. Your review has changed my mind. So now, I think I will go see it. Thanks..!!

  29. Great review. I would love to take my grandchildren to this movie when they arrive in a little over a week. I hope Maleficent is still playing in the theater then.

  30. My sister in law went to this movie and said it was terrific. Reviews were very good, however, I have a son who opted for How To Train Your Dragon 2. Mommy may choose to purchase on Blu-ray and watch nonetheless, still a kid at heart.

    Eva Mitton-Urban

  31. This is a very clever twist by telling the background behind the original story. I love Angelina Jolie and shall enjoy this movie.

  32. I really can’t wait to see Maleficent. Your review has made me want to see it even more. Even as a child I loved Maleficent and the green smokey substance that seemed to proceed and follow her wherever she went. Everyone was so afraid of Maleficent even though she was an animated character when I saw the first movie so long ago. I loved her hats and veils and flowing dresses with the trains sweeping along behind her. I wasn’t afraid; I just thought she was misunderstood. Angelina is perfect for this role and I am anxiously awaiting the time when I can see it. I believe her youngest daughter, the twin girl is playing the young Aurora. Thanks again for your excellent review!

    • Hi Deborah! Yes! They say all the other kids were scared of Angelina in costume and the only one who wasn’t was her daughter. 🙂


  33. I can’t make up my mind about this one, if I should watch it with my son or after he goes to bed. I’m not sure if this movie is too scary for him or not. He does scare easily. What do you think? Oh, he is 10.

    • Hmm.. I didn’t find it scary at all. I think the only scary parts are the battle scenes, maybe you can cover his eyes and ears during those parts. 🙂

  34. I loved this movie and I will definitely want to get it on DVD when it comes out to that platform.

  35. We never made it to the theater to see this, so I am really hoping it will be out on DVD by Christmas!

  36. I can’t believe I still haven’t seen this movie! I don’t know if it’s still playing in my town or not or if I’ll have to wait until it comes out on video. Either way I really want to see this.

  37. Thanks for the review!! I’m looking forward to watching this movie. Can’t wait to see into Maleficent’s character more than Disney let us!