Sunday, November 30, 2014

grandma's movie reviews - Maleficent

Friday we had to pick up a few groceries and at our local Sam's we saw a special sale - new release Blu-rays for just $8.98 - great buy and they had a title we wanted to buy, so we did. I have to say, when I first heard about Maleficent, I was not interested in seeing the movie. I thought it would be dark with a focus on evil. However; the other day we streamed it and I was extremely surprised! It was not anything like I thought it would be; in fact, it has one of the strongest messages of any move I have ever watched! So, today, I'm very happy to share with you my review of, Maleficent!

Maleficent
By - Disney
Rating - PG

Favorite Features -
  • Strong messages about forgiveness, not bearing grudges, loving others, true love, making wise choices, how when we want to hurt others back, we often end up wishing we had made better choices and not being selfish - the cost selfishness actually has as it works out in your life.
  • Excellent special effects
  • Characters were surprising - the actors did a great job with their parts.
Disney says; "As a beautiful young woman of pure heart, Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) has an idyllic life in a forest kingdom. When an invading army threatens the land, Maleficent rises up to become its fiercest protector. However, a terrible betrayal hardens her heart and twists her into a creature bent on revenge. She engages in an epic battle with the invading king's successor, then curses his newborn daughter, Aurora -- realizing only later the child holds the key to peace in the kingdom."

I loved how Maleficent is not really another "Sleeping Beauty" story and how the focus of the movie is not on the magic and evil, but rather on the messages in the movie. While, yes, it does tell the story of Sleeping Beauty, it is really about Maleficent and trust, betrayal, revenge, regret and love. This is a movie families can watch together and then talk about the messages they saw in the movie. Maleficent very clearly shows how damaging it is to be selfish; Stefan only wanted to be king, so he was willing to hurt someone he said he loved (Maleficent) to get what he wanted. This ended up costing him his wife, daughter and actually being king. He ended up paying a very large price for his selfishness; selfishness always has a big price-tag and Maleficent does a great job of showing this! Maleficent was treated very badly by someone she loved (Stefan), but when she chose to take revenge, she ended up experiencing how when we take revenge, we often come to regret it. She also learned what "true love" really is as she ends up growing to truly love Aurora like a mother. So, pop up some popcorn and enjoy Maleficent with your family; this is a really excellent movie!

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