Flash Review: Maleficent [2014]

Perhaps in another scenario, I would’ve absolutely loathed a movie that takes a beloved animated story and its iconic villain and turns them on their heads, rendering the horned evil fairy into more of a misunderstood antihero than an all-out baddie, all the while redefining “true love’s kiss”… but not this time. Despite being too cheesy and over-the-top on occasion (it’s Angelina Jolie wearing horns and a cape in a Disney movie, after all), this surprisingly feminist retelling of Sleeping Beauty somehow works. Jolie is scene-chewingly great in a movie you won’t remember much of afterwards, but is consistently entertaining during.