Linda Nagata: the blog at Hahví.net

The Movie Maleficent

November 30th, 2014

I wanted to see the movie Maleficent from my first glimpse of the trailer. Yes, I’m an Angelina Jolie fan, and the trailer looked intriguing and beautiful, but I never did get around to seeing the movie in theaters. Then on my flight to New Zealand, after the battery on my netbook ran out, I started looking at the list of in-flight movies, and there it was. So I watched it — on a tiny screen on the back of the seat in front of me — and I loved it!

I didn’t know much about Maleficent going in. I generally won’t read reviews before trying a book or a movie myself. Once I’ve decided I want to experience either one, I want to do so with as few preconceived notions as possible, so that I can form my own opinion and gauge my own reaction. So with Maleficent, I’d seen the trailer and noticed a few positive comments on Twitter, but that was it. My impression was that the movie had not been successful — and I still don’t know if that’s the case or not.

Anyway, per usual, I’m not going to discuss the plot, but I will say that I really appreciated the evolution, complexity, and strength of the Maleficent character, and I loved the ending.

And since reviews are for reading after seeing the movie (or reading the book) I’ll say that I was surprised how the critical reception tended toward the negative. I roll my eyes at you, critics! Maleficent is a fairy tale. If you have no intrinsic objection to the fairy-tale format, then I highly recommend this movie.

Now — tell me if you liked it!

Posted on: Sunday, November 30th, 2014 at 6:00 am
Categories: Movies.

2 Responses to “The Movie Maleficent

  1. TheSFReader Says:

    I liked it really **much**. Perhaps not loving it, but truly liked it. Well played, and with a marvelous twist on the story AND the male-centric POV to a more feminist one.

    There are some children movies where I’m not truly comfortable about the Male/Female power/interest/complexity/… balance. At last one I was comfortable to go and see with my 8 years old daughter.

    If I remember correctly (saw it more than a year ago), I also really liked the story AND the ending (also shed a few tears, despite my manly/macho education 😉 )

  2. Linda Says:

    One thing I really liked about this movie was that the relationships felt realistic: the revenge motive, the baseless adolescent attraction, the truly enduring love at the end…