|Angelina Jolie as Maleficent|
|Sharlto Copley as King Stefan.|
I don't want a villain with a conscience. I want evil. Can we have some evil here?
Oh, wait. Maleficent isn't really evil. She's just misunderstood. It's obsessed, power-hungry Stefan who's the evil one. Now I get it.
I don't like it.
|Diaval (Sam Riley) in human form with Maleficent.|
As the teenage Aurora, Elle Fanning is fine in a role that doesn't give her much to do except smile a lot and be pure of heart. Better is Sam Riley as Maleficent's loyal henchman and spy Diaval, who gets changed from a raven to a human and back again as suits his master.
Maleficent had such potential to build on the legacy of one of Disney's most revered diabolical characters. Instead, it denies us the gleefully unrepentant villain who made us love to hate her in the first place.
|Maleficent and a sleepy Princess Aurora (Elle Fanning).|
'Maleficent' Executive Producer Don Hahn in the MCL
Elle Fanning Visits Disneyland