Maleficent

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Inspired by the 1959 movie Snow White, the adventure film Maleficent shows the fairy tale from the witch’s point of view. Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) is a good fairy in the kingdom until a ruthless king has her wings cut off. (I hate when that happens.) Maleficent turns bitter, gradually becomes an ugly witch, and puts a curse on the king’s daughter Aurora (Elle Fanning). One of the things I enjoy about these re-imagined fairy tales, is hearing the story from a different angle. Angelina Jolie has most of the screen time and she is fantastic. Her character is scary, emotional, and even heartwarming at the end. In fact, she is so scary in her makeup that the director had to have Jolie’s 5 year-old daughter Vivienne Jolie-Pitt play opposite her in one scene because all the other kids were too terrified. I’m not really excited about this film because the story itself just didn’t make sense. Okay, it’s a fairy tale, but this movie has a super simple plot that young children might enjoy. Unfortunately, it has violence and several frightening images that young kids may find terrifying. (Okay, as a kid I was afraid of the witch on the Wizard of Oz, so maybe I’m just a weenie.) This is just an average film at best but Angelina Jolie’s performance bumps it up a little to a C+ rating.

This movie has been given a PG rating by the MPAA