Making Maleficent sympathetic.
The worst things you can do to an evil character are show too much and explain too much. Jolie is perfectly cast, and the moments where she flashes her smile and casts a malevolent eye over the audience are the high points of the film. This makes it all the more disappointing that she is the central piece of such an underwhelming, clichéd, obvious and down right boring film.
I couldn’t even tell you what accent Sharlto Copley is attempting as King Steffan, whilst the nondescript boy who shows up as Prince Phillip is a waste of time. Add in a trio of fairies who are more inept than well meaning and….well it’s just rubbish really.
There are some impressive visuals, yet even this is cheapened by the over-abundance of CGI.
Maleficent could have been a true show case for Angelina Jolie’s talent and a stunning film. Instead it’s a tedious Wicked knock off that doesn’t deserve the attention it will no doubt gain.