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“Hell has no fury like a woman scorned.” This statement is very poignant within the story of Maleficent. I used to always tease, “Once a woman goes to the dark side she’s never coming back.” But as I’ve grown older and wiser, I don’t think that’s true as this movie tries to portray.

I know many of the critics didn’t like this movie. Many said it didn’t have enough substance or said the writing wasn’t good. But as I sat in the theater with my reluctant husband (we were supposed to see X-Men: Days of Future Past that night, which I had been dying to see, but a mistake of the movie time brought us into Maleficent instead) we were both glad for our misfortune. We both loved the movie. It’s a big deal when my husband says he “loved” a children’s movie. He likes them, but never says he loved the movie and really enjoyed himself.

I thought that Maleficent was an excellent bit of storytelling. There were serious moments and silly moments. I loved the twists and turns the movie made throughout, to movie you away from the traditional telling of Sleeping Beauty. And you can see that this version of Maleficent is a little more merciful than Disney’s Animation version. For Maleficent does say that Aurora “shall indeed grow in grace and beauty, be loved by all who meet her. Before the sunsets on her 16th birthday she will prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and all into a sleep like death.” And then she herself gives the princess a way to be saved.

Angelina Jolie was simply amazing! You really felt her happiness, her anguish, and her wrath. The best was to see Maleficent’s character change from strong fairy queen protector to scorned lover to reluctant fairy godmother and back to strong fairy queen protector with a heart. This is a Disney movie so I don’t think I spoiled things too much. If you walk into a Disney movie expecting NOT to have a “happily ever after,” I’m not sure what drugs you’re on. Have you ever seen a Disney movie that didn’t end on a high note? I can’t think of any, perhaps you can enlighten me.

The CG in the movie was simply breathtaking. You truly believed that you were in this fairyland and the creatures were diverse and convincing. Some critics ho hummed at the battle between humans and magical creatures, but it was an integral part of the plot.

I wish I could express my favorite parts of the movie, but I can’t spoil the movie for you. I will say that even though I guessed what was going to happen at the end, I found the ending refreshing even though it maintains a little of the “love at first sight” ideas.

I was moved by the character arc of the movie and will certainly be adding this to my ever-growing movie collection.

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