Movie Review: Disney’s Maleficent

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Maleficent is the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the 1959 classic “Sleeping Beauty.” A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable kingdom, until one day when an invading army of humans threatens the harmony of her kingdom. Maleficent rises to be the land’s protector, but she ultimately suffers a ruthless betrayal – an act that turns her heart to stone. Bent on revenge, Maleficent faces an epic battle with the king of the humans and as a result, places a curse upon his newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Maleficent realizes that Aurora holds the key to peace in the kingdom – and to Maleficent’s true happiness as well.

Angelina Jolie plays Maleficent, but beyond her obvious beauty she does a great job of staying in character as a villian who is more superhero-like than witch. The special effects and graphics were beautifully fantastic. I saw the movie in 3D and it is amazing what can be done with computers these days.

One thing I noticed about the movie, is that there is not a lot of dialogue, so the characters are not given a lot of depth. We really get to know Malefient but Aurora, played by Elle Fanning, almost seems like a doll. All she does is smile and give off a fake persona, pretty on the outside without any substance on the inside. Children will not notice the missing character depth but it is definitely something that adults will recognize and miss. 

I enjoyed the movie, but I am not sure it is for children of all ages. While it is rated PG, there are dark moments, battle scenes and some “scary” times. This is a Disney movie so we all know it has to end happy (I won’t give it away) but because it is dark at points, I think I will refrain from allowing my oldest (definitely not the younger 2) from seeing Maleficent.

Maleficent provides us with a different perspective of the classic that we all have come to know and love. The villian is not truly a villian but really someone who was wronged and needed to understand how to be happy again. In the end, Maleficent is a go see but don’t expect an intricate, detailed movie, take it for what it is, a PG rated Disney movie that gives us a different viewpoint of the story of Sleeping Beauty.

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