Maleficent Is No. 1 at the Box Office—Disney's Latest Reinvention Is Wicked Fun Anytime Angelina Jolie Is Onscreen

June 2, 2014 10:57 PM

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This weekend, Angeline Jolie had her biggest live-action opening ever as Maleficent conjured up an estimated $70 million at the box office. Fans have been eager to see the new take on the tale of Sleeping Beauty ever since the teaser showed a creepy horned Jolie whisper to Elle Fanning, "Then you'll be afraid." Was it worth the wait? As far as Jolie's performance as misunderstoodl—but still very vengeful—wingless fairy named Maleficent the answer is an absolute yes. Jolie chews scenery in the best way possible. All with that killer grin. The rest of the film is not terrible, but without the its main star, all you'll think is "Where is Jolie?" Fortunately, the titular character takes up a lot of screen time although at a brisk 90 minutes, Disney's latest feels more like a TV pilot than a full-fledged summer blockbuster.

Whenever Angelina is onscreen you'll be spellbound, but it'll take more than true love's kiss to keep you awake for the rest.

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