Director: Robert Stromberg. Cast: Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley, Lesley Manville, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple. 97 min. Rated PG. USA/UK. Fantasy.
This is all Angelina Jolie. Yes, the image wizardry is pleasing to the eyes, and the battle scenes are moments to be watched in a theater. But the directing is weak, the choppy story-telling looks as if the entire first half is an introduction, a few sequences are complete throwaways, and the newly-devised twists to the original Sleeping Beauty tale are predictable from miles away. It is solely Jolie's astronomical star power that carries this movie. And finally, after all these years, we have a very good reason for the Disney logo castle at the beginning of a film.