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And it was pretty awesome! Wow, Angelina Jolie. She was AMAZING in it, and drove it with her acting prowess and seemingly effortless charisma. I wasn't sure if I could buy the whole "Maleficent is a misunderstood anti-hero" idea, but I think they pulled it off. While it was something of an AU fanfic of the original Sleeping Beauty, it worked on its own terms. Maleficent didn't feel angst, she was dignified, she had a pretty cool arc, and I loved her evolving relationship with Aurora. AND NEITHER LADY ENDED UP WITH A GUY AT THE END which was just... wonderful. I was even okay with Stefan being the heavy. Other than the occasionally tiresome candy-coated CGI, I liked it a LOT. IMHO, it's a much stronger movie than Frozen.
Go Maleficient! I'm really excited for the live action version of Cinderella next year...
And expect some Maleficent artwork, coming up (hopefully) soon!
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