This week I had the chance to check out a sneak preview of “Maleficent.” I have been excited since I saw the very first shots of Angelina Jolie in the costume over a year ago. The movie is a combination of a class story and one of the best Disney Villains EVER. She was always terrifying and heck, she could do the whole fire and dragon thing in the cartoon I watched growing up.
No one will argue that Disney makes incredible movies. But it has been a while since they have done a live action movie that just blew me away (probably since the first Pirates of the Carribean movie.)
This movie blew me away.
It was beautiful. The music, the sets, the costumes, the acting, the plot… it was just beautiful. It’s not going to win any Oscars and it’s not going to eclipse the earnings of “Frozen” but it took me on a wonderful journey.
I don’t want to give away too much of the plot because while it stays true to Sleeping Beauty they have modernized it to show the story behind the story ( a la Wicked). A vindictive fairy is driven to curse an infant princess only to realize the child may be the only one who can restore peace.
It has wonderful moments of laughter that keep it from being too dark. It has triumph, defeat, love, hate and a strong moral story- everything you need for a good fairy tale.
There were only two things about the movie I did not like:
1. The casting of Sharlto Copley as King Stephan, Aurora’s Father. His look doesn’t fit with the movie AND for some reason they had him play the king Scottish- although everyone else has a British accent. The last time I saw him he played “Murdock” on the A-Team so it was a bit of a leap. I just didn’t feel like it was a good fit- as an actor I am not sure he could handle it.
2. In my humble opinion the PG rating on this movie is slightly misleading. I think the original cut on the movie might have been PG-13 and they managed to tone it back enough to PG. There are a few fight scenes with some rough action and the overall feel of the entire film is very dark. If you have a little one who has a hard time with scary people in movies you might want to get a sitter.
Overall I recommend checking this one out with the Disney fan in your family- it’s going to be a classic!