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The eponymous fairy (Angelina Jolie) stands guard at the edge of her magical realm in "Maleficent." The movie is a version of the fairy tale "Sleeping Beauty" taken from the point of view of its original villain.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Maleficent’ is mostly a snoozer

The more you know about the early lives of Tom Riddle or Anakin Skywalker, the more you understand how they became the people of notoriety they did. Still, do terrible childhoods and broken hearts necessarily make someone more captivating, powerful or magical? In the case of “Maleficent,” not really.

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