Maleficent is indeed a dark fantasy adventure story directed by Robert Stromberg and based on just a script by Linda Woolverton that was released in 2014. Angelina Jolie plays the lead role, along with Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple, and Lesley Manville rounding out the cast. The movie is indeed a live-action retelling of Walt Disney’s 1959 animated movie Sleeping Beauty, as well as depicts the storey from the perspective of the eponymous antagonist, portraying her disturbed relationship well with the king and princess of such a corrupt kingdom. It really is heavily inspired by Charles Perrault’s original fairy tale.
This movie was proposed in 2010 by Walt Disney Pictures, featuring Joe Roth as producer and Angelina Jolie, Don Hahn, as well as Michael Vieira as executive producers. The majority of the filming did take place around June and October of 2012. On May 9, 2014, a special screening of the movie was held at Kensington Palace in London.
Maleficent had its world debut on May 28, 2014, there at El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, and also was distributed inside the United Kingdom the very same day. This movie was released in conventional cinemas as well as Disney Digital 3D, RealD 3D, as well as IMAX 3D formats inside the United States on May 30, 2014. Critics gave the picture mixed reviews, with acclaim for Jolie’s acting, the costumes, visual effects, as well as the musical soundtrack, but criticisms for such storyline and certain tone inconsistencies. Maleficent was indeed a box office triumph, collecting over $758 million worldwide, making it the fourth highest-grossing picture of 2014 as well as the highest-grossing movie featuring Angelina Jolie.
There at the 87th Academy Awards, the movie received a nomination for Best Costume Design. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, a sequel, was published in 2019.
Stromberg, who previously worked as just a production designer, tried to strike a mix between actual as well as computer-generated elements. Whereas makeup artist Rick Baker constructed Maleficent’s horns and face prosthetics, Digital Domain used facial capture of Imelda Staunton, Lesley Manville, and Juno Temple to construct the three pixies extremely high authenticity using sophisticated rigging by Disney Research in Zurich. Stromberg intended to make the images “a little more solid” and “not too strange” to avoid detracting from the story’s simplicity. He further expressed regret for not using larger sets as well as enabling performers to work in a much more real-world setting, on “real sets with real lights.”