Once upon a time . . . there was a curious little fairy named Maleficent who lived in the magical land of the forest. And the story unfolds from there. I was unfamiliar with the storyline here so I was following along with everyone else.
This is much more than a fairy tale, after all Angelina Jolie plays the lead role as the adult Maleficent. Disney has managed to wrap Jolie in a fairy tale that has enough good and evil to make the Brothers Grimm proud. The story moves quickly but in a steady manner. No where did the film lag or lose me along the way. There were a few small details that I wanted to know more about, such as why did the "Aunts" let the young Aurora (played by Elle Fanning) run free daily? Why was Stefan (played by Sharlto Copley) in the castle as the king was dying?
Even though this is a Disney production about a child's fairy tale, this is a film for everyone. The story is engaging. The dialogue is well written. Jolie is as brilliant in her role as her bright yellow eyes. Her emotions are portrayed through her stony strong face and her precise language. The color is excellent. The effects (in 3D) are spectacular but not overwhelming.
This is Disney at its best - a fairy tale with a twist. Colors that are used wisely and special effects that are what they should be - "special" not over done as so many films are today. This movie stood on its story as they all should.
This 97 minutes well spent. I recommend this for children of all ages.