Maleficent Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Maleficent

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Fantasy themes and violence.

  • The pitch:

    Very cheeky.

  • Starring:

    Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley, Lesley Manville, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple, Sam Riley, Brenton Thwaites, Kenneth Cranham, Isobelle Molloy

  • Directed by:

    Robert Stromberg

  • Running time:

    97 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), PG (UK), PG (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    Battle scene: characters are thrown through the air, clubbed, hit, stomped, choked. Characters are mutilated (off-screen), threatened (knife), drugged, cursed, slapped, chained, dragged, punched, thrown from a high ledge. A character pricks her finger, a toddler falls from a cliff. Objects thrown, stolen. Burning forest/building, shattering glass, property damage. Killing people mentioned. Yelling, roaring, howling, screaming. Blood/gore: Corpse. Blood on objects, bloody hands, bloody finger.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Kissing, hand-holding. Shirtless man, cleavage.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    People are drugged.

  • LANGUAGE:

    Name-calling.

  • THEMES:

    Power, greed, friendship, magic, betrayal, forgiveness, true love, revenge, orphans, curses, fairy godmothers, mutilation, legends, heroes, villains, eternal slumber.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Flock of birds, fairies, sprites, winged creatures, deer, aquatic creatures, horses, warthog beasts, underworld creatures, wood creatures, fire-breathing dragon, eel-like creature, raven, dogs, butterflies, goat, wolf-like beast, trolls, flying fish, elephant-like creature, mermaids. Shape-shifting, levitation, full moon, waterfall, lightning, thunder. Fur, snakeskin worn. Fast-moving aerial cinematography.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Dark, dazzling, psychological, nuanced, revisionist, female-driven, magical, magnificent, mature, satisfying, successful, enchanting, imaginative, sweet, funny, exciting, touching. Exquisitely designed, emotionally absorbing, astonishing/strange/beautiful world, striking cinematography, brisk pace, Angelina Jolie is wicked.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Laborious, flavourless. Somewhat belaboured, some annoying characters, clunky narration, clumsy music, some artificial special effects, chaotic/cluttered/unfocused third act, nonsensical plot points, some poor characterisation.

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