Disney’s MALEFICENT Review

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Disney has done it again!  I am in love with their recent movies and the twists that come with them!  I won't give much away, as this is a film one should see to believe!  Go to the theater this weekend and see this great film!  We have heard the buzz for awhile now and it has been worth the wait. The story line is one that is unexpected but moving and truly will touch your heart! 
 
"Maleficent" explores the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the classic “Sleeping Beauty" and the elements of her betrayal that ultimately turn her pure heart to stone. Driven by revenge and a fierce desire to protect the moors over which she presides, Maleficent, played by Angelina Jolie, cruelly places an irrevocable curse upon the human king’s newborn infant Aurora, played by Elle Fanning. As the child grows, Aurora is caught in the middle of the seething conflict between the forest kingdom she has grown to love and the human kingdom that holds her legacy. Maleficent realizes that Aurora may hold the key to peace in the land and is forced to take drastic actions that will change both worlds forever.
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Elle Fanning, younger sister to the well-known Dakota Fanning, has a wonderfully refreshing true-to-age portrayal of Aurora.  Her Aurora character is truly a few days away from 16 and she is every bit the curious, cute, and charming young lady one wants to see in a Sleeping Beauty.  She is not portrayed as sexy or flirtatious and I loved that aspect of this film.
 
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Angelina Jolie gives a stunning and moving performance as Maleficent.  Letting us see a side that no one knew before.  I think being a mother served Angelina well in playing this role.  Her natural instincts towards wanting to like Aurora show through, coupled with a spectacular script!  The costumes and scenery are flowing off the screen! And Angelina's cheekbones are wickedly cool! 
 
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I recommend seeing this film in all of it's 3D glory!  There have been many questions from parents as to whether or not the film is too scary for younger children. I was happy to find that there are no truly wicked or "cover your eyes" moments in the film.  During the one scene where Maleficent casts her curse, things get a little chilly for a moment but it was nothing more than the animated version already gave us years ago.  I will say there are a few battle-type scenes with the Regal armies looking to take over the Moors and trying to bring Maleficent down.  My recommendation would be to not take children younger than 7 years old, but you know your children the best.  
   
The film stars Angelina Jolie as Maleficent, Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple and Lesley Manville.
 
“Maleficent” is produced by Joe Roth and directed by Robert Stromberg, with Angelina Jolie, Michael Vieira, Don Hahn, Palak Patel, Matt Smith and Sarah Bradshaw serving as executive producers. Linda Woolverton wrote the screenplay. “Maleficent” opens in U.S. theaters on May 30, 2014.  Rated PG.