The Quick Critic: Not Your Momma’s Sleeping Beauty

MaleficentOne thing is for sure. No matter what you might think of the story, there is no doubt that Angelina Jolie did a wonderful job as the once Ultimate Disney Villain, Maleficent. That just may be where the agreement ends for the hardcore Disney fan.

In this reimagining of the Sleeping Beauty story, Maleficent plays as both “hero and villain.” I know that might be hard to grasp, but those words are lifted directly from the movie. I consider myself a fan of most things the House of Mouse puts out. This story is no different. It is a hard one to judge. I think there is a distinct line drawn in the sand for people who will like this and people who will hate it. If you are older than I’d say forty-five, you will probably think they just tap danced all over your childhood. If you are younger than thirty, you will most likely enjoy this better than the original. I can say my daughter liked this better. As for us poor saps who fall in the middle, we luck out and can see benefits of both.

In my humble opinion (IMHO for all of you texters), I would say this movie is well worth full price of admission. Of course, I lucked out and was able to see it on bargain night.

-Critical C