I thought Maleficent was a great film. I liked what they did with the character and Angelina really sold it. The sequel, however, just wasn’t necessary in my opinion.

Guys, I feel like I have to defend my Cruella remarks from yesterday. I wasn’t saying it was a bad movie - I actually enjoyed it a lot. I just didn’t think it was a masterpiece or one of my go-to classics. The two Emmas were very good in it, but I thought Thompson overshadowed Stone a bit. I watched it at the cinema during one of the trickier pandemic moments when we had to wear masks and there was no air con, so that probably factors into the overall experience I took from it.

I have some free time at the moment - I might give it another watch this week. :)
Maleficent is shit because she’s one of the all time great villains and they just made her a misunderstood lady with a heart of gold. Betrayed by a man! It’s the whole ‘Wicked’ thing. It’s ok for bad guys to be bad guys and still be an entertaining film.
Yeah, 'Maleficent' is one of the worst remakes. The insult to the original character. 'Beauty and The Beast' was barely any better, as was Burton's lifeless 'Alice In Wonderland'.

I can't waste my time and money on the other remakes and let them pass.

I only like and rewatch the Aladdin remake, mostly because of Aladdin himself.
Well the next one will be Snow White which should be fun cause there is barely any story and they have to switch it up cause the original is problematic.
So what I'm gathering Cinderella, Aladdin and Cruella are the best of the remakes. The original Sleeping Beauty and Aladdin are a couple of my favorite Disney movies and I'm keeping it that way. As much as I love the cast in the Aladdin remake, I just can't bring myself to watch it. The Lion King (remake) really left a bad taste after I finished it. So now I'm pretty cautious with what remakes I watch.
I think this is where Disney went wrong though, right? When Cruella was first announced in 2013, it was just prior to Maleficent coming out and the whole point of these live action remakes were that they were meant to be retellings and reinterpretations.

Then Cinderella was a hit and they started greenlighting these redundant 1:1 remakes.
...I love Alice In Wonderland, Beauty & The Beast and both Maleficents dddd.
I haven't seen Aladdin, Cinderella, The Lion King, Dumbo or Mulan and I agree that Cruella doesn't fit in the remake category since it's more of a prequel anyway.
The Cinderella live action was really great, good retelling that expanded the original story (which was a bit needed, I love, love, love the original Cinderella but...), without feeling forced, but I always wonder how it would have been if Romanek didn't drop the whole thing, I would have liked to see a retelling more close to the Grimm version aswell.

Maleficent was bad, the only other one I saw was the Beauty and The Beast that felt useless and too close to the original.