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Disney Maleficent Movie: Fantastic, Interesting

When I first saw the Disney Maleficent movie preview, I thought to myself, “I’m not seeing that one!”

It looked dark and something my kids would be uninterested in.

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Then I saw an extended preview at the Disney Social Media Moms event…

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Adjectives like “dark and uninteresting” gave way to “interesting and clever”.

I was intrigued.

So when I was given the chance to see an early preview of Maleficent this week, I jumped at the chance.

I literally sat through the entire film thinking “Ahhhhh, interesting…I didn’t see that coming…”

If you’ve ever seen the smash broadway musical “WICKED”, you’ll know what I mean.

It takes an old story and gives it a new twist…ones that you don’t expect…and one where you find an unlikely hero.

The question I keep getting most is, “Is it scary? Can I take kids 5 and under?” I say NO and YES! It was not scary – there were a couple of very appropriate intense moments, but the supreme storytelling overshadows and fear in a positive way.

This was not an overtly intense movie that would threaten the minds of young children – think of the beginning of “Up” when a lovely story played out for almost ten minutes without words; deep themes were communicated, but in a thoughtful and appropriate way for all ages.

Go see this movie. Go see it tonight. And then go see it again.

We’re already planning our next trip to the theater…

Here’s our initial reaction before leaving the theater (though we got cut off at the end…)

Watch Angelina Jolie speak about the legacy of the role:

and here is the official Disney Maleficent Movie trailer: