Maleficent Review: Falling under Angelina Jolie’s spell

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I’m going to say what everyone is thinking: Angelina Jolie is a goddess…and if you haven’t seen it yet, her new movie “Maleficent” is amazing.

I don’t tend to fawn over celebrities. In general, I see them as normal people that happen to have some extraordinary talent. But one day walking through the French Quarter, I was mesmerized by the sheer beauty of Angelina Jolie. The year was 2008 (or 9) and she was wearing a white tank top and pushing a stroller. There was something haunting about how unnaturally symmetrical her face was and she moved down the street with the heir of royalty.

I was too intimidated to ask for the obligatory selfie, but I think that was the day I fell under her spell.

Her new movie “Maleficent” is a retelling of the classic fairy tale, “Sleeping Beauty.” The untold story reveals the tragedy that created the iconic villain. Fueled by betrayal of an ambitious childhood sweetheart and fiercely protective of her forest kingdom, Maleficent places a curse on the human king’s newborn child. As she grows, Maleficent realizes that Aurora could be the key to peace between the two lands.

While the critics have given the movie a resounding, “meh,” the audience has enjoyed the performance from Jolie and the dazzling special effects of Robert Stromberg’s directorial debut.

I’ll admit that the movie toes the line between exceedingly grim and saccharinely sweet. And there are a fair share of plot holes, leading me to believe that major scenes must have been left on the cutting room floor. But despite the flaws, Jolie delivers a stunning performance as a complicated villain and hero.

I’m pretty sure you’ll love this movie.

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