• The Administrator

    Excellent review. Although, I give the film a 10/10 because I was thoroughly engrossed from start to finish and loved every second. But I think the film’s main problem was it’s runtime. An extra 15-20 minutes could have erased many of the problems with the film.

    • TardisBoy

      Thanks for the comment! :D I disagree though, that an extra 15-20 minutes could have solved the problems. It needed to pick a tone and stay with it. If it wanted to keep it kid friendly go with that, but trying to appeal to the older audience and the younger audience really meant the whole thing was disjointed. I’ve been reading up about it and there’s rumours that the film had a lot of rewrites which probably explains why the film turned out to be so patchy and confused in it’s tone!

      • The Administrator

        I believe the entire first 15-20 minutes got reshot over 8 days. And I believe Peter Capaldi’s character was Maleficent’s Uncle who perhaps would have given her some more motivation.

        • TardisBoy

          Aww, it’s a shame that was cut…

        • PK-S

          “Hoots mon, Millicent, that’s a pure braw set a horns you got there. Oh, and that Stephen bloke is pure angering me. Hawza boot we go and egg his hoose!”

  • PK-S

    Lovely review, TB (hope you’re keeping well, long time no.. err… ‘see’), I always anticipate your pieces for the site, and I’ve known you were tackling Maleficent for a long time so I anticipated this. It’s honest and on the nose eloquently written with a perfectly justified score; excellent work!

    • TardisBoy

      Hi Pat, thanks for the comment, I’m keeping well, are you? Have you seen Maleficent yet, if so what did you think? :)

      • PK-S

        I’m good, thanks (I miss you all so much). No, I have yet to see it. Actually, I had the option of it or Postman Pat: The Movie and I went for the latter XD If one was to go by our ratings for each respective film then Postman Pat‘s better haha.

        I wish I saw on Wednesday, though, partly because the reviews (not just yours, it’s had a lukewarm reception elsewhere) have put me off it.

        • TardisBoy

          It’s worth watching it just for Jolie’s performance, which is amazing. But it might be best saving your money, or wait for the DVD XD

  • Djornad

    Awesome review TB! Unfortunate about the film as it did have a heck of a lot of potential.

  • notsosmartguy

    Nice review I’ll be honest I had my worries about the film when the trailers seemed too portray maleficent as a more sympathetic character rather than the cold evil villain I love. I have nothing against villains becoming hero (I loved superior spiderman and lex Luther recently joining the justice league.) But there are some villains you shouldn’t try to redeem and maleficent is one of them. Glad I didn’t see this movie.

  • twoheartsonemind

    My parents and younger sister came out of this movie loving it. I have no idea why. I nearly fell asleep three times watching it. It was so utterly predictable with few interesting characters. It seemed to focus more on special effects (which were beautiful) than anything else. I wish we’d gone to see X-Men.

  • Joel Mole

    The movie was disappointing. Jolie was awesome and Fanning wasn’t too bad but the plot is awful. Aurora and maleficent barely had any screen time for us to care about their decisions. Also, the pixies were unbearable as well as the CGI being poor and action succumbing to the dreaded shaky cam. Watch it on dvd instead of the cinema