A new version of "Sleeping Beauty", Angelina Jolie is the icily beautiful title character. She’s quite good, but the film has other assets, chief among them a lush fairy-tale world created by production designers Dylan Cole and Gary Freeman (along with an army of visual effects artists). The result is truly magical, and Maleficent easily draws us into a marvelous make-believe environment.
The screenplay is thoughtful and intelligent, taking a page from the "Wicked" playbook to explain how a peace-loving winged fairy could turn into a hate-filled villain. Jolie is a capable actress and makes the most of the role, bringing shading and subtlety to what could have been a one-dimensional portrayal.
A betrayal of the heart turns Maleficent into a dark spirit. I’d rather not give away any more of the story. Suffice it to say that she casts a curse on the daughter of her mortal enemy, King Stefan, from the neighboring kingdom of humans, and watches over Princess Aurora (a well-cast Elle Fanning) as she grows into adolescence.
The film has so much going for it in the dynamics of its characters and the likability of its leading players.
- Excerpts of review by Leonard Maltin, famous U.S. movie critic
Genre: Action | Adventure | Family
75% of viewers liked this movie (out of 34,807 votes)
Duration: 1 hour, 37 minutes
Director: Robert Stromberg
Stars: Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley
Language: English with Thai subtitles
What you need to do: Click above right where it says "Will you attend?" to let us know you will be coming. You can attend the coffee hour and/or the movie.
Terminal 21, BTS Skytrain Asok Exit 1 or MRT Sukhumvit Exit 3
Before 6:45 pm - Buy your ticket at SF Cinema City (6th Floor) before going to Coffee World (1F Floor).
For our group to sit together, when you buy your ticket for the 8:00 pm showing, request a ticket in (or near) this row: Screen #4, Row D (180 baht). That row is the furthest from the screen in the "Deluxe" section.
6:45 pm - Coffee and snacks at Coffee World (1F Floor)
7:45 pm - Move to SF Cinema City (on the 6th floor) for the movie
8:00 pm - The movie, "Maleficent" starring Angelina Jolie
10:00 pm - Our 10-minute discussion of the movie (in the cinema lobby)
10:10 pm to ? - We are open to any suggestion as to where some of us should go next for food and drinks. Don't be shy, speak up.
Bangkok Coffee and Movie Meetup Group