Moving Picture Company (MPC), Roth Films, Walt Disney Pictures,
Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple, Lesley Manville
We have all been told the story of Aurora and how she slept 100 years waiting for her prince to come and awaken her with loves first kiss. So in this new live action film from Disney, Aurora (Elle Fanning) comes to tell us the true story of what happened in her own words. We find that Maleficent was a good fairy and one of the strongest of the people in the land of fairies and elves, across the river from the land of humans who didn’t get along with the fairies. But Maleficent turned into her evil self by having her heart broken by someone she though she loved. When Aurora was born, Maleficent showed up without an invitation and put a curse on the baby that she would prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and sleep until awakened by loves first kiss.
This is a twisted look at the story in a new way, and was a fantastic fairy tale movie that turns things around. Legend is never absolute truth, and what we know of the story of Sleeping Beauty that is like no other. I think Disney stole some of the ideas from “Once Upon a Time” as there are many similarities between the two stories. I felt Maleficent was much more of a multi faceted personage that has the capability for both good and evil depending on the circumstances she is faced with. Angeline plays a perfect Maleficent, and did an excellent job. Elle Fanning is also very good, and she’s grown so talented and beautiful. I saw the film in IMAX 3-D and it was worth every cent. I really enjoyed the movie from start to finish, and it was very, very well done. The 3-D effects are never in your face, and very subtle, but add a lot, especially on the IMAX screen. The sets and scenery are awesome. I could have enjoyed the soundtrack a bit more if it wasn’t so off the wall, but it still rocked. The two lands are very different, and the fairyland is really beautiful. The three fairies were definitely the comic relief and they were pretty funny.
Essentially, this is Angelina’s movie, but it was so made for her that it’s hard to not appreciate it. She has a range of emotions off the scale, and she pulls it all together. I am certain Disney has a huge box office coming for this film, and it’s good to see another blockbuster coming out of the Mouse House that isn’t a cartoon. It’s PG, so there is a little bit of scary stuff that might scare tiny kids, but it’s really made for children, and yet it has the means to pull out the inner child in each of us. This is a must see.
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