Maleficent is Magnificent
Maleficent was Better than Expected
For months I have been anticipating the release of Maleficent, the new Disney fairytale starring Angelina Jolie. The movie hit theaters yesterday, but I was busy, so I reworked my entire weekend to be able to see the movie tonight with my daughter, sister, and young nephew. Within a few minutes of the movie, I knew it was going to be a good one and nothing about the movie left me disappointed. If you are on the fence about whether you want to see this movie or not, go for it, you can thank me later.
Forget What You Think You Know About Sleeping Beauty
I know what you are thinking, why is Disney remaking the story of Sleeping Beauty again? I thought the same thing too. However, it soon occurred to me that Disney had added a twist to the film - a twist that was truly impressive and made the story worth watching. I won't give away the plot here, but I will tell you to forget what you think you know about Sleeping Beauty and prepare to learn what really happened from the people that were involved.
Is Maleficent a Villain or a Hero? Could she be Both?
If you think Maleficent looks familiar, it's because she is. She is the original villain from Sleeping Beauty. It's no wonder that she looks so scary, the word Maleficent means to do evil or harm or to maliciously harm. However, in the original Sleeping Beauty, we know nothing of who Maleficent truly is. Is she the villain that Disney led us to believe she was when the original movie was released in 1959, or is she actually a hero? After weighing all the information both past and present, you may even wonder if Maleficent could actually be part villain and part hero.
Maleficent is Scary, but not Too Scary
Before taking my daughter and young nephew to the film, I double checked the rating of the movie and was pleased to find it was rated PG. With that in mind and the fact that it was a Disney movie, I felt comfortable the movie wouldn't be too scary for the kids. As I had expected there were scary moments in the film, but not the kind of scary that nightmares are made of. In fact, the movie was pretty typical in terms of fairy tales. There were dragons, magic, and curses, but all pretty age-appropriate stuff for a fairy tale.
If Sleeping Beauty, Aurora Rose, is your favorite Disney Princess, you will love getting to know the real reason Aurora was cursed by Maleficent at her christening. You will also learn that Aurora Rose's three fairy godmothers may not have been as responsible as Disney would have led you to believe many years ago. Even if Sleeping Beauty isn't your favorite Disney Princess, this movie follows the suit of several other recently released Disney movies such as Princess and the Frog, Brave, and most recently Frozen, where the Princess in the story doesn't live a pampered life and more importantly doesn't need a man to complete her. As a mom, I love that Disney is making their princesses stronger and creating strong female role models for young girls all over the globe. No matter what part of the movie attracts you, I am sure we can all agree that Maleficent is magnificent and will quickly be one of the most popular fairy tales ever created by Disney.
Add Maleficent to Your Disney DVD Collection
Official Maleficent Trailer from Disney
Maleficent Sequel Just Announced
Today, April 26, 2016, Disney announced there will be a Maleficent sequel. Don't worry, this sequel will not let you down. Angelina Jolie is set to reprise her role as the misaligned fairy and Linda Wolverton will write the script.
A release date has not been released yet, but as soon as it is, I will let you know.