When I first saw the trailers for Maleficent, I knew this was a movie I wanted to see.
Unfortunately, my usual movie date (my son) was not as interested as I. Of my back up movie dates, one was out of town and the other not so interested either.
Eventually, I wore Man-Child down (after reminding him of all the mindless, inane movies that were targeted to the tween boy demographic that I had attended with him) and today he agreed to go.
As, I'm sure you've heard by now, this is the story of Sleeping Beauty from a different viewpoint. After watching the movie, I realized I couldn't quite remember WHY Maleficent was so spiteful as to curse an innocent child in an effort to hurt the parents (remember, I had a boy-child; so I didn't re-see all the Disney princess movies/stories. In this house it was more along the lines of Peter Pan, etc.). So away to Google I went.
I read a couple of different versions but the premise was pretty much the same...because she wasn't invited to the christening in the first place. Definitely NOT a good reason to curse a child, but unfortunately, both in fairy tales and real life, there are people who are that spiteful.
In THIS version, I can almost agree with why she cursed the child. A woman done dirty is one thing. To strip the very essence of who that woman was is another. And to do so for power and glory? Inexcusable.
And, as we all know, hell hath no fury as a woman scorned (and disfigured)....
All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. Man-Child wasn't as enthusiastic about it as I; but has conceded that "it was good." High praise, indeed.
So, in my opinion, if you are even a little curious about this movie, go see it. Unless you are a Disney purist. If you are, then you probably won't like it. At all.