Disney’s highly anticipated action-adventure film MALEFICENT, rated PG, opens in theaters everywhere today!
“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
I LOVED IT!
Without ruining the movie for you I will say that this film is a “must see.” I enjoyed it so much that after returning home I played the trailers over and over for my daughters. I’m also planning to see the movie again. What really drew me into the film was the amazing way that Disney presented the imagery. The movie’s special effects were believable and flawless. The two worlds (of fairies and humans) collided and joined seamlessly. The storyline was also exceptional. This movie expanded the story of Sleeping Beauty that we know and love and opened a whole new world of twists and turns with an unexpected motive. I thought it was magnificent. Every scene drew me in more and more to the character of MALEFICENT and also to Aurora. I loved them both.
A word of caution to parents who are considering taking your children to see the film is that I would definitely not take a child under the age of 12 without being prepared. Depending on the reaction to scary scenes and imagery in movies your child has seen, you should consider seeing the film first before exposing your child to these characters. Confession: I jumped in my seat a few times. This movie could definitely cause nightmares in young audiences. My husband and I saw the film in 3D together and we’ll be saving this movie on our list of “Films to Watch with Our Kids” for the future. MALEFICENT is that good!
NOTE: My daughters are seven and four years old.
Here are a few of my favorite clips and featurettes from the film for you to enjoy:
Maleficent – Light & Dark – Featurette
Maleficent – Clip “Fairy Godmother”
Aurora and Maleficent come face-to-face in the Moors.
Maleficent – Clip “Finger Prick”
Maleficent – On The Battlefield Featurette
Go behind the scenes as the cast and filmmakers create one of the biggest battle scenes in the film.
Be sure to check out MALEFICENT: The Official Multi-Touch Book available for free exclusively through iBooks. The book explores both the legacy of Disney’s classic animated film, “Sleeping Beauty”—which first introduced the iconic villainess Maleficent—and the making of the all-new live-action film, MALEFICENT, starring Angelina Jolie.
The book features interviews with Angelina Jolie and the cast and crew responsible for bringing the reimagined story to the big screen; an afterword by director Robert Stromberg, two-time Academy Award®–winner for production design on “Alice in Wonderland” and “Avatar”; exclusive behind-the-scenes photo galleries and video featurettes; never-before-seen concept art, storyboards and sketches from pre-production; fun facts from the set; and profiles of the characters from the film—all created by Apple’s digital book creation app, iBooks Author.
Click here to download MALEFICENT: The Official Multi-Touch Book.