Maleficent tells the story of the “villain” in Sleeping Beauty, from her childhood through the awakening of Princess Aurora after “true love’s kiss”. Well, to put a fine point on it, it goes just slightly beyond that. I know some cynics and Disney purist will question the need for this live action story. I’m not a cynic. And although I’m a huge Disney fan, I guess I’m not a purist. If there’s a story to tell, why not tell it? And there was definitely a story to tell.
I remember having two big questions every time I saw Sleeping Beauty as a child. First, why the heck did Maleficent get so darn upset about not getting invited to a christening? I mean, is it really that big a deal? And second, what on earth was up with Aurora and Prince Phillip falling in love in just one day? Come on. Even as a littler person I had to shake my head. Don’t get me wrong. I still loved Sleeping Beauty. Maleficent was still my favorite villain. I just wondered about those two plot points.
So what you need to know before you go: Maleficent is rated PG. It will probably be a little too intense during some scenes for very young children. I saw the movie in 3D, although I think it would be just as enjoyable in 2D. And finally, what should you wear?
Maleficent is in theaters now.