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You might think Sleeping Beauty told you all there is to know about the grand dame of villainy that is Maleficent. But Disney's latest live-action fantasy, Maleficent, will dare you to think again. Angelina Jolie stars as the titular bad fairy, headlining a fairy tale that challenges our perceptions of this iconic villainess.
Our theatrical review will weigh in on whether or not this new release is worth your time, while this column will focus solely on the film's use of 3D. Considering seven separate categories, To 3D Or Not To 3D evaluates the full scope of the 3D viewing experience. Think of it as a consumer's guide for your movie-going, complete with a viewers poll where you can weigh in on how you plan to see Maleficent.
Note: This reviewer screened a Real D 3D version of the film.
Planning & Effort Score
Maleficent cinematographer Dean Semler has shot movies like Heaven Is For Real and Grudge Match, but has no eye-catching 3D titles to his credit. While first-time director Robert Stromberg has worked on 3D films like Avatar, Alice In Wonderland, and Oz The Great and Powerful, he did so as a production designer. So we have no reason to assume he has experience with the intricacies of shooting for this device.
Before the Window Score
Beyond the Window Score
Glasses Off Score
Audience Health Score
For one thing, scenes of Maleficent flying has her soaring fast and furious, but she's going so fast, it's actually difficult to focus your eye on her. Similar issues arose for me during battle scenes. Quick pans defy your eyes to focus as they zip across sword-swinging soldiers and branch-wielding tree monsters. Plus, one particular scene of dialogue cut so quickly between its two characters that my eyes fluttered trying to find focus. Irritating yes, but none of this was actually painful. So that's something, I guess.
3D SCORES RECAP
P & E
Before The Window
Beyond The Window
Glasses Off Test
Final Verdict: Don't see this in 3D. There are moments where the device offers some added dazzle, but by and large, the 3D post convert makes Maleficent dimmer and darker, distracting instead of enhancing. Save the money on the padded ticket price, and treat yourself to some candy instead.
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