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 Angela Jolie, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Sharlto Copley, Juno Temple, Imelda Staunton and Lesley Manville

Rated: PG for sequences of fantasy action and violence, including frightening images.
Reviewed by: Frank  
Release date: May 30, 2014 Released by: Walt Disney Pictures

Malificent is like beautiful french pastry and it is just as tasty.

Taken from the old Disney animated feature in 1959 and originally from the Brother's Grimm Brier Rose the old tale is retooled with new technology and a different tack on the evil fairy dressed in black.  

The atmosphere and background created for the land where beauty, Aurora (Elle Fanning) begins to tell her tale is stunning to see, it's a wonderland filled with exotic beauty and colorful creatures.  It is a perfect place to see and for a little girl to grown up in.  Aurora carries a perfect innocent atmosphere about her from her first introduction in the cradle, she affects everyone and causes the alternate story line from what Sleeping Beauty has been in the past.   Her smile and comfort transcend the dark that is around her, and she works without effort proving that love prevails.

Jolie delights as good and bad in the lead as the dark Malificent.  Following this film there may be some confusion at the Disney Hollywood Studios during the Fantasmic water and light show where Mickey battles all the villains from the Disney animated films.  Jolie also brings a sarcastic phrase with such a smooth delivery that it is believed as praise by the other characters. 

Jolie has the face and expressions to be ominous and gentle all at the same time and it all shows here, as she and her sidekick Diaval (Sam Riley) attempt to change the history of Sleeping Beauty. 

We all know the story, Malificent curses Aurora to the sleeping death on her sixteenth birthday by being pricked on the finger on a spinning wheel.  The escape must come from "true love's first kiss" which Malificent does not believe exists.  The curse comes to King Stephan's daughter because he is the one who has stolen Malificent's fairy wings while she slept  The king sends Aurora away to be cared for by three pixies, Junno Temple, Imelda Staunton and Lesley Manville, who are Flora, Fauna and Merryweather.  

The two main characters hold our attention by pulling us into the altered story line using the perfect look they bring to the film.  

What begins as light and spring like, becomes dark when the Dragon appears late in the film spouting fire while defending Malificent.  The 3D works best for the special effects background and fire spewing from the dragon.  

As we watch we learn there is a twist on "true loves first kiss," and that removing a fairy's wings will be hell to pay for.  

  Frank Chris Jim Dave Nina Sam Howard Jennifer Kathleen  Avg. 
Malificent  A-   B   C+   B-         C-   A-      B 

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