Age Level: 5 and up
Duration: 97 mins
This movie went back and forth between good and great, don’t get me wrong I would watch it again and Angelina plays a magnificent Maleficent. Her voice, her acting and those eyes… oh man those eyes are dark and magical. I gotta say this movie is hard to review without spoiling any good parts.
This story stays true to the original children’s literature but has wonderful twists along the way. First off Maleficent, believe it or not is both evil and good. The poor girl just had her heart broken. I’m not seconding her actions to cast an evil spell on any one (let alone a little baby) but I see where she’s coming from.
The action scenes are incredible, you really don’t see them coming. Cause honestly tell me right now, which one of you thought Maleficent was a protector of her realm and has a fierce army of enchanted creatures? huh? huh? yea, I sat there eyes wide open really taking it all in. But even with all her power Maleficent does have a weakness, now I wont tell you what it is, but i’m surprised they didn’t play on that sooner in the movie.
The love story in this movie isn’t your generic fairy tale ending, (I wont spoil this one either haha) and it’s nice to see a movie conclude with originality (even though they did take a few notes from Frozen). The whole movie is actually really a battle of ex-lovers looking for revenge through extreme ends as people close to them get caught in the cross fire.
Writing this made me realize that its clearly not a movie for the younger children. Although the battles are bloodless and there are no scary creatures popping up, it is a dark, revengeful, and creepy movie that is bound to keep you in suspense the whole time. While there are scenes geared towards children, the vast majority is meant for the older crowd.
Overall I give Maleficent 8/10