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Maleficent [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy] (Bilingual)
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Explore the untold story of Disney's most iconic villain in this wickedly fun twist on the classic SLEEPING BEAUTY. In an unforgiving mood after a neighboring kingdom threatens her forest, Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) places an irrevocable curse on the king's newborn daughter, the Princess Aurora. But as the child grows, Maleficent finds herself becoming fond of the girl. And as the conflict between the two realms intensifies, Maleficent realizes that Aurora may hold the key to peace in the land. Journey beyond the fairy tale in this soaring adventure that is "visually arresting, brilliantly designed" (Andrew Barker, Variety).
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It was a bit on the darker side (but we are talking about a movie about a villain) but it was a different take on a classic, and done fairly well.
And the movie based peripherally on the Perrault fairy-tale, fulfilled it's promise for me and develops the story of a character from the previous Disney movie. Yes I could gape at Angelina for two hours and be quite happy but I wanted more. I did not want the tale of sleeping beauty retold but I did want a great story, a great visual experience, and Disney delivered all three, and a rather complex character who is both good and bad, at times the hero, at times the victim, the destroyer and savior.
As a young girl she leads an idyllic life in a visually beautiful and not quite real world, not quite an animated world. She meets a young boy and falls in love. The boy is a thief, and ambitious, she a fairy from the wrong side of the moors, he an overreaching boy who lives close to the castle. They come from different worlds. He from a world that threatens her world. She knows all this and loves him anyway. He is her first human experience and her first love experience. Yes she has hair-horns, but she is a good girl, and she has wonderful powerful wings and can soar to the heavens, like an angel. She also has unusually large cheekbones which only add to her mystique.
An ambitious King threatens to invade her land, and she uses her magical powers to thwart them.Read more ›
What Disney did was to retell the classic in such a magnificent way as to make you never want to watch the old one again. Maleficent is our horned fairy who is basically good. Both her and the plot develop levels of complexity that is not the norm for a children's film. There is a role reversal as good and evil blur lines until the point we root for those we had desired to fail in the original tale.
Jolie was great in a role seemingly made for her. Elle Fanning would not have been my first choice, but she was sufficient, perhaps over shadowed by Jolie. My favorite line was when Jolie said, "I don't want children." Sure you don't, Angelina.
There is an underlying theme that perhaps our enemies aren't so evil once we see the world through their eyes. This is a kids film that adults will love. Indeed, I felt like I was eight years old munching on my popcorn, chasing it with Metamucil.
The language is G rated. The PG comes from battle scenes and some dark scenes. Comparable to "Narnia" or "Alice."
Enjoy this movie and enjoy the Girl Power it engenders! Thanks to Disney for continuing to give us strong female characters - it's about time you did!
Full disclosure: I'm a huge Angelina Jolie fan so, in my eyes, there is very little she can do wrong. If you aren't, please don't let that put you off; it is still really great.
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A good movie, satisfying and happy ending. Nice twist on the original fairytale.Published 27 days ago by Amazon Customer
Angie is absolutely awesome in this movie. Her little girl's debut was sweet too.
Enjoyed the movie.
This was bought as a gift. Not my typical kind of movie but I found I loved it.Published 4 months ago by Eugene Dustin
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