Film Review: Maleficent

First time director Robert Stromberg, who has before now, worked as Visual Effects supervisor and earned Academy Awards and been nominated for both that and art direction, turns to a well loved fairy tale and the focus to the villain of the piece, whose name is in the title.

With a tight script and even better editing, the story moves with a fast pace to get where it needs to go and tells a great tale of an overlooked character.

Angelina Jolie brings great depth to Maleficent and a sense of humour. As I've said before, the best kind of story is when you start sympathising with both hero and villain, and when the two merge, all the better. Ms Jolie also had some influence on the script and also was an executive producer on the film.

Sharlto Copley is just as conflicted as King Stefan, Elle Fanning is great as the Princess Aurora and Sam Riley excellent as Diaval.

Rounding out the cast are Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple and Lesley Manville as the three "good fairies", adding yet more humour and fun.

Also in are Kenneth Cranham as King Henry and Brenton Thwaites as Prince Philip.

James Newton Howard, one of my favourite composers, helps bring the whole story together with a magnificent score.

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