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Maleficent – Unpredictable and Amazing

The much-awaited Disney release, Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning, opens this weekend. The story twists one of our favorite fairy tales in a new and unexpected direction. As KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Samantha A., age 11, reveals, “I assumed that I knew what it was going to be about but it turned out to be a totally unpredictable and amazing movie.” Shelby R., age 13, adds, “I love this movie because the costumes, special effects and cinematography are absolutely phenomenal.”  See their full reviews below.

Reviewed by Samantha A., age 11, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic

Maleficent is a remake of the Disney classic “Sleeping Beauty.” I assumed that I knew what it was going to be about but, it turned out to be a totally unpredictable and amazing movie. Maleficent is about a betrayed fairy (Angelina Jolie) that curses the king’s infant daughter Aurora as revenge. She soon discovers that when Aurora grows up, she is the only one who can restore the peace and happiness that everyone needs to get them out of the depression caused by revenge and war. This movie takes “Sleeping Beauty” and turns it into a completely different movie.

By far, this is the best Disney movie I’ve seen and one of the best movies I’ve seen in a while. Everything is just right. For example, the music sets the right mood in every scene. It is strong and loud when it needs to be and quite and shy at other times and, at certain points, it is playful and happy. It really pulls the whole movie together. Along with the jaw-dropping music, this movie has amazing actors starting with Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning (Auora). They fit each role perfectly almost as if they were born for these roles.

This movie is very interesting to watch because it isn’t entirely based on “Sleeping Beauty” so you get to see a completely different side of Maleficent before she becomes the villain that she is known as. Throughout the movie I found myself wanting the movie to go quicker to see what would happen next but not wanting it to end anytime soon. I think that the director Robert Stromberg and the writers Linda Woolverton and Charles Perrault really outdo themselves with this movie because I cannot stop obsessing about how great it is.

I give this movie 5 out of 5 perfect stars and recommend it for ages 9 to 18. To be honest, this movie is a movie that you should be sure not to miss because IT IS THAT GOOD!


by Shelby R., age 15, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic

I love this movie because the costumes, special effects and cinematography are absolutely phenomenal.  The costumes send a message to the audience starting with lighter colors when things are happy to dark colors when evil appears.  Maleficent’s costume is the best.  I like her black flowing cape in the middle of her wings and her pointed horns on her head.  She looks so evil in all black yet stunning at the same time.

The cinematography is breath-taking, especially in the scene where the younger version of Maleficent flies throughout the forest kingdom. You can see all the beautiful waterfalls, the “fat people”-as Aurora calls them, field animals and trees. It is in 3D which allows you to feel as if you are flying though the sky with big majestic wings and looking down at all the little creatures smiling below.

This 3D action-packed film shows Maleficent’s transformation from a good fairy into an evil, cold-hearted fairy with no wings. Her lover, Stephen cuts her wings so that he can become King and so she plans her revenge by cursing his daughter, Princess Aurora. Later, Maleficent realizes that she made a mistake and tries to reverse the curse before it is too late.

My favorite scene is when Maleficent comes into King Stephen’s kingdom and curses Aurora. There are lots of special effects in this scene and I love how powerful and dramatic they are. Angeline Jolie’s portrayal of the evil side of Maleficent is particularly outstanding in this scene. My jaw dropped when I saw the lightening striking, the evil smoke surrounding her and the room darkens as she walks up to Stephen. I liked how everything about her is evil her evil – her laugh, makeup, costume and voice.

The message of the movie is that in life we all go through things that can make us hurt and desire revenge.  King Stephen became paranoid, evil and miserable trying to seek revenge on Maleficent.  As humans we have to make a decision to either allow our pain to be a strength or weakness. This movie also talks about how not all people are all bad but there are not all good too. I recommend this for ages 10 to 18 and give this movie 5 out of 5 stars.

Maleficent is in THEATERS NOW!! Remember being evil is complicated!

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