I had the amazing pleasure to see a preview of Maleficent in 3D last week. My friends?
I went in not sure I would enjoy it. I admit I am not an Angelina Jolie Pitt fan, but am a huge Disney junkie.
However, I left a fan of both Angelina and the movie.
The movie was a perfect twist on a classic. My husband was disappointed that it wasn't as dark as the trailers made it appear to him nor did it strictly follow the classic story.
However, as I pointed out to him--it was perfect blend of dark and light to satisfy both children and adults.
I felt the slight twist away from the original brought a fresh prospective. I truly was aghast in horror at the act that inspired Maleficent's evil. Yes, evil is complicated and I believe every women in that theater felt the the horror and betrayal as a violation. I was outraged. I am positive everyone was rooting for her and hissing at King Stephen by the end.
As for the kids, there are plenty of bright moments, teaching lessons of remorse and redemption, but some very dramatic scenes that might be a little much for the sensitive five-year-old and under set.
It is PG, not G, for a reason.
That said, without giving too much away, I love like Frozen, it is not a prince, but a strong woman that once again saves the day. I appreciate Disney's endeavors for promoting women's strength over dependence in their princess archives. Certainly loving this new page turned!
Did I mention humor, my beasties?
MALEFICENT (rated PG) finally opened in the theaters this week-end and is a must see. My daughter was very miffed I went without her. So happily I will see a second viewing sometime in my future and I am rarely willing to watch any movie twice! Yep, that good!
Stay complicated, beasties!
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Disclaimer: I was offered free admission for this screening, but was not compensated in any other way. As always, all opinions are honest and 100% my own.