Movie Review: Maleficent



While traveling over the weekend I had the opportunity to see two movies.

The first one I went to with my son.


I thought Maleficent was a brilliant retelling. I’m a huge fairy tale lover and am especially fond of twisted tales.

Honestly I didn’t think it would be possible to fall in love with Maleficent but I was proven wrong.  I loved her!!

There is not one thing I can think of that I would change in this movie. By the end I was totally happy with how things played out.

Maleficent favorites

My favorite character was Maleficent’s sidekick Diaval played by Sam Riley. In fact I think I would have been perfectly content if Aurora fell in love with him.

As far as age appropriateness… my friend took her three year old Disney princess loving daughter to it and they ended up in having to leave.  She said it wasn’t scary at all but just boring…

At the end of Maleficent sitting OUTSIDE of it waiting for it to be over. My daughter was bored out of her mind and would not behave. First time she’s ever done that in a movie.

My daughter is 8 and I think she will love it.  I would think maybe by age 6 this would work for most kids.

Now for my son’s reaction… he thought it was a good movie but wasn’t thrilled that the story-line had been changed. He never has been a fan of any kind of change so that doesn’t really surprise me. I can’t really say why without spoiling the movie but it was very similar to his reaction to Frozen. He is a big believer in true loves kiss breaking spells. “The boy should kiss the girl and they should all live happily ever after.” And although this movie of course had a true loves kiss it had a twist to it.

My recommendation – Go see this one.

Have you already seen it? What did you think?


  1. I liked it. I wasn’t expecting the twist, but I enjoy retellings where we really understand and like the “bad guy”.

  2. I love retellings, so I guess I’ll have to see it. I want to know what the twist is.

  3. bbshepherd says:

    I’m glad to read a positive review. It sounds like the kind of movie I would like (I like things a little twisted too) but I’d only heard negative. Nothing specific either, which is annoying. So I’m still looking forward to it!

  4. I can’t wait to go and see this! Glad to read that you liked it!

  5. Thanks for the movie review. I’m going to have to take my 11 year old.

  6. I am glad that you loved this movie. I am really excited to see it. I love fairy tales and the new spins every one is taking on them–whether in books or movies. It is so much fun 🙂

  7. Ooh I really can’t wait to see this! It looks like Angelina Jolie plays her role perfectly. I am such a fan of her movies <3 That trailer is such a teaser as well! Can't wait 😀