Solid and enjoyable as a stand-alone story, but not quite what I was hoping for when compared with the original character. (Though this is heck of a lot better than the original movie... to be honest.) And I do recommend this movie despite the following complaints: Look up the word "maleficent" and it's practically a synonym of "evil" dating back to the late 1600s. I'm not saying she should have remained the flat antagonist she was in Sleeping Beauty, but I was hoping for a story with a character doing mostly evil with a slightly good side. Not a character doing mostly neutral/good with a short-lived evil side. ] Nearly all signs of her "evilness" were shown in the trailer! However, the movie had a nice way of improving from the slightly boring beginning to the exciting climax. I just wish it had found an exciting way to tell the story from beginning to end. Showing the childhood of a semi-villain/anti-hero first thing is a great way to spoil the suspense. I was hoping to see the layers of her evil exterior peel off gradually, not build up from nothing.
[START OF BIG SPOILER ALERT] The failed romance bit feels odd for the original character. I am also a bit bothered of how the king was handled. If he was once her friend, if everything is fixed (except maybe his soldiers lol) in the end, why did he still try to kill her? Was he completely mad? Was his death necessary whatsoever? And the ending... seriously, did she need to give up her crown to 16 year old Aurora? Why? Sure she didn't feel like keeping the kingdom, but seriously??? Also two of the main characters are orphans? lol And maybe eventually three? [END OF SPOILER ALERT]
NOW what it got right: Angelina Jolie was PERFECT for the part. To be clear, I DID love this reinterpretation of Maleficent's character, though it did not necessarily fit what I was hoping for. Despite the initial boredom, I was glued to my screen the rest of the time. Some parts were predictable, but in a good, somewhat surprising way. ("Oh I think I know what will happen... No, they can't... they won't... they did!!!") I liked the crow guy. I loved the relationship that developed later on. The climax was exciting. Elle Fanning was good. The CGI effects (except the three ugly CGI fairies) were good. The overall story was pretty different than what I expected, and very good compared to the simplistic original. It used the short time wisely. But had the movie been longer and had it been tweaked a bit, it would have been 5 stars.
Watched it in science class in middle school. Watched it a few years later. Loved it. I also recommend the TV series. Sure, it's a bit formulaic in some ways, and its universe is slightly confusing, but the universe is ultimately very creative. The characters are enjoyable, the jokes, while probably pretty childish, are pretty hilarious. Sure, it might not be everyone's cup of tea, but I loved this movie, and I loved the TV show.
Look, I didn't read the book and didn't even think about watching the movie before because the concept didn't seem appealing to me at first. Aaand when the book came out I was looking forward to the next book in the Twilight series, I admit.
But ya know what? It turns out this story was pretty interesting to me. The romance part wasn't really appealing or interesting (oddly enough, considering I think it was intended to be a romance story). In fact, I barely remember the male characters names... without reading the names on the info page, one was Jared, right? But the idea of alien parasites in people's bodies?! Animorphs shit right there. One complaint: It was really creepy to me how there was optimistic, "wondrous" music playing when Melanie was being taken over as opposed to something... I dunno, foreboding? It was as if the movie already assumed the viewer knew that Wanderer was gonna be good.
Also, I know. The movie dragged on in some places, but c'mon, the execution of this movie was a heckuva lot better than Twilight. And, honestly, with this imagination of mine, it's pretty easy for me to forgive some execution and logical faults and be immersed in the story. I was honestly curious about the characters, especially Wanderer and the people's reaction to her. And I was glad that the antagonist wasn't as flat as she originally appeared to be. For me, the story was less about romance and action and more of a character study.
Now, I'll also admit that when I watched this, I was kiiinda drawing at the same time for a homework assignment, so the fact that some scenes might have been long did not bother me one bit. In fact, I didn't want the movie to end so I would still have something to keep be from getting bored from just drawing. XD But anyway...
[Spoiler alert] And I absolutely love good endings. And, unlike with the Twilight saga, the ending didn't feel dragged out, overly perfect, and boring. Sure, it was too much of a coincidence to be that realistic, but... it worked. :)
Anyway, as long as you don't expect to be on the edge of your seat the entire time (though there are a couple moments you might be) and as long as you don't hold a negative bias against anything Stephanie Mayer writes, I recommend this movie.
TOTALLY RECOMMEND. Best Disney movie I've seen in a while. Beautiful with an interesting, engaging story with a couple twists I totally didn't expect. And two awesome female leads! Also, comic relief snowman guy was actually somewhat touching and didn't get in the way. And the songs are pretty good too; I think musicals are kind of starting to grow on me. Elsa's singing reminds me of Wicked (I think I heard she was in that play. That play which should definitely be turned into a movie.).
I really feel like Disney pushed the limits of animated movies about royalty with this one, in a very good way.
However, I would like to have seen more of Elsa. I kind of wish the movie was longer actually. It was also strange how they never explained Elsa's powers (if they did, it was too short to remember). [spoiler alert] And the trolls' song should have been omitted in my opinion. Leave the shipping to the characters involved or the fans please. That song took too much time and almost ruined something.
(Though, this was waaay better than Tangled, imo. :))
Watched this a while back, but forgot to rate it, so I'm rating it now!
I was actually pleasantly surprised with this movie. Why? Because it made the most boring part of the book somewhat interesting.
[Spoiler alert] However, now that more than a year has passed since I watched it, only the part where nearly everyone dies stands out. THAT was the best scene in the movie, simply because the movie writers added a bit of creativity and gave us an alternate ending. The reason I didn't like the second half of the book was because it had a non-climax. This movie at least made up for the lack of a real climax.
Other than that, I remember the rest of the movie wasn't particularly exciting. But if you read the books, I suggest you watch the movies anyway.