Movie Review: Maleficent
Best Parts of the Movie
Despite all of the post-feminist critiques I heard (and stopped reading) prior to seeing the film Maleficent aces the Bechdel test exploring a variety of female relationships. A visually appealing movie where Jolie helps define the role of antihero to the bubble gum pink princess generation of the 2000's. Lana Del Ray's version of Once Upon a Dream embraces a haunting take on Disney's original theme.
Worst Parts of the Movie
The movie is a modern take on a fairy tale and can be easily compared, with some predictability, to trailblazing reimaginations like Wicked. Even though Maleficent is derivative of the "other side of the coin" formula for a fairytale including a (SPOILER ALERT Don't read on in this paragraph if you don't want to hear more about what happens in this movie and Frozen) reinvention of True Love's kiss that wreaks of Anna and Elsa.
When would I Let Molly and Jack watch this movie?
The movie itself is a little dark with a sublimely beautiful costume and set design that I wish Tim Burton could have captured for Alice in Wonderland. I would say that the theme is a little mature, but not scary. If Sleeping Beauty continues to be one of Molly's favourite movies I would consider letting her watch this at home when she's around six or so - as long as an adult was around to hit pause and offer an explanation when necessary. As things stand now with Jack and his wild imagination I would hold off on showing him this until he was at least eight.
I would rate this movie 4/5. It's predictable in content but the charm of Jolie and cast alongside stunning set and costume make up for it. As an aside: I predict that Maleficent will be one of this year's "IT" Halloween costumes.
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