It was at the back of my mind that my 8 year old may find this film a bit scary, as I had watched the trailer and wondered if it would be suitable. I needn’t have worried though as she was fine. Having watched magical films like Harry Potter she said it was no more scary than those films.
This is an epic tale re-told with a different perspective. Angelina Jolie is resplendent as Maleificent, a character who you find during the film that you have empathy and admiration for. She has horns, wings and bigger cheekbones, and as my youngest said ‘she is the prettiest fairy I have ever seen’. It is a visual feast, with magic, laugher, surprise and a few tears. Be prepared to love this film, as you are swept away with it’s story telling brilliance, and you will find you will be eager to keep watching to see the conclusion, it was edge of the seat watching toward the end as we were all guessing what would come next.
Do you leave as soon as the credit’s role?
Don’t do it for this film. The music is the gorgeous dulcet tones of Lana Del Ray, singing ‘Once upon a dream’. It’s a song we have all heard if you have seen Disney’s ‘Sleeping Beauty’, and yet it is totally unrecognisable. A beautiful rendition that will stay with you, we were humming it all the way home.
What was the conclusion from my girls and I? A really great film that we all loved, and both my girls are keen to see it again which is always the stamp of a great movie. It is a rare thing to find a film that both my 14 year old and my 8 year old think is really enjoyable and I would recommend this to parents too as I enjoyed it very much.