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Friday, May 30, 2014

Maleficent is MAGNIFICENT!

Disney's Maleficent Banner

The other night, I had the privilege of attending a press screening for Disney's newest film, Maleficent. With me I took my 5 year old daughter, McKinley. {keep reading for my recommendation on whether or not it was age appropriate} We've seen the trailers for the movie and have been excited about it for some time.

When I was in California for Disney Social Media Moms a couple of months ago we were treated to an extended clip and that made me even more excited. What sealed the deal for me was seeing Elle Fanning {also while in Cali} talk about what becoming Aurora meant to her. Growing up, Elle told others that when she grew up she wanted to be a Disney princess. More specifically, she dreamed of being Aurora. Disney does make dreams come true! {Of course, I already knew that.} So, Elle worked very hard and took her role as Aurora very seriously.

Before I go on, watch this trailer of Maleficent, if you haven't already seen it.

Angelina Jolie was fabulous as Maleficent. I haven't seen too many of her past movies. The ones I have seen, however, it is evident that she puts heart and soul into the role she is in. McKinley and I sat in awe of the images and the special effects in this movie.

Angelina in Maleficent
{behind the scenes with Angelina Jolie}

I refuse to give you any spoilers. The movie is an absolute must-see. If you've seen Disney's animated Sleeping Beauty and think you don't need to see Maleficent because surely it's just a "real people" version, you are mistaken. You'll HAVE to see it for yourself. Maleficent is beautiful and funny. You'll laugh and you know what, you may even cry. {bring your tissues}

"Maleficent" explores the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the classic “Sleeping Beauty" and the elements of her betrayal that ultimately turn her pure heart to stone. Driven by revenge and a fierce desire to protect the moors over which she presides, Maleficent cruelly places an irrevocable curse upon the human king’s newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Aurora is caught in the middle of the seething conflict between the forest kingdom she has grown to love and the human kingdom that holds her legacy. Maleficent realizes that Aurora may hold the key to peace in the land and is forced to take drastic actions that will change both worlds forever.

Aurora in Maleficent

It's rated PG but, is it okay for my younger children? It seems "dark".
Like I stated earlier, I took my 5 year old. She's seen all sorts of movies that have villains and fight scenes. However, at the end of Maleficent she jumped into my lap and hid her eyes. The last fight scene between Maleficent and King Stephan was scary for her. With that being said though, she LOVED the rest of the movie! She came home raving about it to her older brothers and her daddy.

Is there anything cool about this movie that I may not have known without reading this post?
I'm glad you asked. :o) One cool bit of insider info is that Angelina and Brad Pitt's daughter, Vivienne Jolie-Pitt, is in Maleficent. She plays Aurora as a toddler. {I just love the scene she's in, too. Wait until you see it...come back here and tell me how much YOU loved her little scene!}


MALEFICENT is rated PG and is in theaters everywhere. Go!

Do you plan to go see Maleficent? Do you have any questions before you go? I'd love to answer them. Ask me in the comments. 

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Erin Lane said...

I really enjoyed it but went alone as i didn't think my five year old would do well. Angelina was AMAZING, but I was sort of meh on King Stefan. But it's definitely worth seeing.

Unknown said...

So glad you posted this. We were wondering wether to take the boys or not! :)