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1.) Description (Editorial Reviews)
rom Disney comes “Maleficent”—the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the 1959 classic “Sleeping Beauty.” A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. Maleficent rises to be the land’s fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers a ruthless betrayal—an act that begins to turn her pure heart to stone. Bent on revenge, Maleficent faces an epic battle with the invading king’s successor and, as a result, places a curse upon his newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Maleficent realizes that Aurora holds the key to peace in the kingdom—and perhaps to Maleficent’s true happiness as well.Rated PG for sequences of fantasy action and violence, including frightening images.Box office gross: $241.4 million. View box office history.
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2.) Special Features
Explore the untold story of Disney's most iconic villain in this wickedly fun twist on the classic SLEEPING BEAUTY. In an unforgiving mood after a neighboring kingdom threatens her forest, Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) places an irrevocable curse on the king's newborn daughter, the Princess Aurora. But as the child grows, Maleficent finds herself becoming fond of the girl. And as the conflict between the two realms intensifies, Maleficent realizes that Aurora may hold the key to peace in the land. Journey beyond the fairy tale in this soaring adventure that is "visually arresting, brilliantly designed" (Andrew Barker, Variety).
1.)I have enjoyed the live-action renditions of the Disney classics, and this one takes a twist on the story and puts it in the perspective of the villain herself. Although if it's not the story you recall seeing, it definitely holds its own with storytelling. Maleficent is the "Wicked" of Disney movies, where we see the actions and reasons for why she became evil, and also the redemption arc that is not present in the original film "Sleeping Beauty." I truly enjoy this change, but for fans of the longtime film it may come as a shock to see the changes made to the tale.
I highly recommend this to any Disney fan, however I also advise that they brace for the changes in the story.
2.)Excellent re-telling of the Sleeping Beauty classic. Jolie shines as a good fairy gone bad.
I happened to see this movie twice in theatrical release. There was a slight difference in the edits (still don't understand how it happened): In the castle of a sinister king, 1st viewing I clearly remember a clear glass window with an abstract design of 3 crosses. The king & Maleficent crash through this window doing battle. In the 2nd viewing, the window was visible but mostly shuttered. Some of that weird Disney dark "magic." Nevertheless a compelling fairy tale (which traditionally deal with magic) well told.
3.)Aurora is now in the film for much longer, Stefan is an evil king, and the three good fairies are very different than the previous in terms of their actions. Some of the moments from the original are in there, but rushed and short. The main focus is on Maleficent, and her story arc. However, for fans of the original, this can also open up more to things we didn't know before about Maleficent.
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