Maleficent is out in theaters today and I simply had to take a break in my travels to see an early screening yesterday. I was a little nervous about the movie. In general, I prefer the Disney villains to the heroes and feel that they are mostly misunderstood rather than “evil.” I was not sure how this latest movie would fit in with my perceptions.
I needn’t have worried. This version of her story has interesting twists and turns giving her much more depth of character than even I had imagined. She became someone with whom one could empathize without changing her completely from what we knew. She is not, however, depicted as evil.
The special effects in the movie are quite a treat, especially in the moorlands. The colors are vibrant and the animations work seamlessly with the live action.
I also have to say that I thought Angelina Jolie represented Maleficent well. I wasn’t sure I could picture her as Maleficent even after seeing the previews and the sneak peak at Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios, but shortly into the film, I was convinced.
My only disappointment, and it is a minor one, is how they changed the three good fairies. Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather have been replaced by bumbling Knotgrass, Flittle and Thistletwit. They have such a small role in this film that the change didn’t make the film less enjoyable and actually, they were good for a laugh or two. I guess my nostalgic side just missed the cute little Merryweather who was also bumbling, but in a more charming way.
Overall, it was definitely worth seeing and I will probably even go see it again. Maybe next time, I’ll even try it in 3D or IMAX.
Have you seen it yet? What did you think?