Reviewed by: Pamela Karpelenia
|Kids Family Teens Adults
|1 hr. 37 min.
|Year of Release:
May 30, 2014 (wide—3,800+ theaters)
DVD: November 4, 2014
Does the natural human heart lead us to goodness or evil? “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked…” —Jeremiah 17:9. We are born sinful, not pure. Following our own feelings, such as anger, hate and desire for revenge, leads to great sinfulness. Instead, we need to follow the wisdom and instruction of God.
FORGIVENESS—importance of forgiving those who wrong us
Dragons and dinosaurs—Discover how they are connected
Dragons in the Bible
Magic in the Bible
Sorcery in the Bible
Satan in the Bible
Is Satan a real person that influences our world today? Is he affecting you? Answer
What is one of Satan’s most successful strategies in dealing with followers of Christ? Answer
Angelina Jolie … Maleficent
Elle Fanning … Princess Aurora
Juno Temple … Thistletwit
Brenton Thwaites … Prince Phillip
Sharlto Copley … Stefan
Ella Purnell … Teen Maleficent
Hannah New … Leila
Sam Riley … Diaval
Imelda Staunton … Knotgrass
Vivienne Jolie-Pitt … Toddler Princess Aurora
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|Robert Stromberg — “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End,” “The Hunger Games,” “The Golden Compass”
Moving Picture Company
Walt Disney Pictures
|Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Sequel: “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” (2019)
When I first saw Angelina Jolie in full make up and costume, I was amazed. She so resembled the 1959 Disney “Sleeping Beauty” villain I grew up watching as a child. I was so very impressed with that sneak peek, I sought out this film. I was lucky enough to have a friend who shared my enthusiasm and joined me on this assignment.
“Maleficent” opens with a vividly scenic fairytale forest in a dreamlike backdrop. Instantly, I was held visual captive by this scene-scape. The narrator begins to speak, and reveals we are about to hear a very different version of “Sleeping Beauty,” one that we have never heard before. We are soon introduced to a young Maleficent, the most powerful and beautiful fairy with beautiful wings. She soon meets a human servant boy named Stefan, they become close friends and a share a kiss. There is unrest between human and fairy kind, Stefan and Maleficent grow apart, animosity and hatred between the two worlds escalates to a defining battle. The king is critically injured by Maleficent and promises his crown to anyone who kills the winged fairy.
Stefan, who is now a grown man, covets the power of the crown. Remembering his younger years, Stefan goes to Maleficent, drugs her and plans to kill her, but instead cuts off her wings and brings them to the dying king as proof of her demise. Maleficent awakens to find herself wingless and her heart goes dark because of the betrayal. Stefan is crowned king. This is the foundation for this side of the tale.
I’ll start with the acting performances. Angelina Jolie is simply remarkable! From the costume to her make-up and on point acting, Angelina Jolie is magnificent. Sharlto Copley (King Stefan) also does a wonderful job; the range of emotions betrayed are believable and consistent. As for Princess Aurora (Elle Fanning), I would say she gives mediocre performance, and it leaves a lot be desired. I understand that Jolie is a powerhouse, but unfortunately Fanning doesn’t hold her own. The cinematography, art direction and writing are very sound.
As for offensive material, there isn’t much. There is fantasy witchcraft, spells and magic, which is expected considering the source material. Another aspect is the violence, there are some battle scenes that are moderate.
The film deals with vengeance. And shows what holding on to such negative and sinister thoughts can do to one’s own heart.
1 John 2:11—But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.
It also has redeeming quality when it deals with forgiveness of those who wrong us.
Luke 6:27—But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you.
This is a lesson that should hit home with Christians in these troubling times.
The movie is an overall Grimm-like, whimsical tale, with nuggets of truth that make it relevant.
Violence: Moderate to heavy / Profanity: None / Sex/Nudity: Minor
See list of Relevant Issues—questions-and-answers.