Maleficent – Expectations, Entertainment, and Enjoyment

E is for Expectations, Entertainment, and Enjoyment

I have to admit that most of the movies I have seen recently haven’t lived up to the expectations that I had going into them. So when AJ, my best friend, my mom, and I went to see Maleficent today I wasn’t expecting it to be very good. I expected it to be an ok movie that just retold the story of Sleeping Beauty.

Well I was wrong! I truly enjoyed the movie and so did the rest of the people on our group. The movie starts out with Maleficent as a young sweet fairy and tells a story of love, and the loss of love. It leads up to the point where the animated version starts with Maleficent casting a curse on Baby Aurora.

In the animated version of Sleeping Beauty we know that Maleficent is full of anger and hate, but we really don’t know why. This movie gives the untold story of who and what Maleficent is. There are some twists in the plot and this movie really helps you to see that no character is truly a hero or a villain. Disney did a wonderful job tying up all of the details to ensure that the two versions of the story don’t contradict each other too much. It explains why she has the spying crows and why she has the walking stick. So many questions that I didn’t even know I had were answered.

The acting was exceptional. All four of the main characters (Maleficent, Aurora, Diaval, and Stefan) were a perfect fit for their parts. The pixies were a little ditsy and were not what I was expecting, but they worked well and really helped with the story line. The movie felt like it had a real touch of Disney magic.

The movie is rated PG, and I agree with the rating. There was some violence and a few loud and dark scenes that could scare younger children. That said, it the theater there were kids as young as 3 and they all seemed to enjoy it.

This is a great movie that I plan on purchasing as soon as it comes out on DVD. I was extremely surprised with how much my family and I enjoyed this movie. If you are looking for a family friendly movie, this may be the one for you.

Are you planning on seeing Maleficent?

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