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Movie Review: Maleficent

by Tim Williams
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Photo Credit: Disney

Photo Credit: Disney

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – It’s a new twist on an old tale, and Disney’s Maleficent definitely doesn’t disappoint.

It’s the story of “Sleeping Beauty” like you have never seen before.

Disney took the classic movie, reimaged it, and I have a feeling it’s going to be one of the biggest blockbusters of the summer. It’s a new angle on a very well-known fairy tale.

The magical fairy-tale starts off before the story of Sleeping Beauty, focusing on a young fairy girl named Maleficent and a human boy named Stefan.

Maleficent is the protector of the moors, and Stefan trying to earn his way into the castle.

As they grow up, they grow apart, and it isn’t until sometime later that Stefan returns and does real harm to Maleficent.

Because of his evil deed, Stefan becomes king, marries, and has a beautiful new baby.

That’s where the Sleeping Beauty tale of revenge begins.

Maleficent curses baby Aurora, and then spends much of the rest of the film watching over her, as her fairy godmother.

From the first scene she is in, Angelina Jolie steals the spotlight.

Complete with prosthetic cheekbones, massive horns, and mesmerizing eyes, Jolie is wickedly enchanting from the very beginning.

Elle Fanning plays Aurora in the movie, and I was pleasantly surprised with what a good job she did.

Of course there are some funny parts in the movie.

The three fairies who are supposed to be guarding over Aurora were pretty funny.

Even Maleficent got into the comedic action with a few jokes of her own.

Over all Maleficent was visually stunning.

It’s worth the little extra money to see the film in a theater with 3D and IMAX.

Both parents and children alike will love the adaptation of the film.

From great visual effects, to epic battle scenes, even some comedy, Maleficent has a little bit for everyone.

By the end of the movie I found myself wanting more Angelina Jolie. I’ve always been a fan, and it’s nice to see her broaden her skills in a Disney movie.

Angelina Jolie gets an A for her role in the movie, Maleficent gets a very solid A- in my opinion.

Do yourself a favor and stick around for the credits.

Lana Del Rey’s gothic take of “Once Upon A Dream” is hauntingly fascinating.

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