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Let’s face it: most of us could use a break from the quotes & songs from the Lego Movie & Frozen. My household is always on the hunt for excellent films to view together. My family loves movies, but we just wish that we had more acceptable options in theaters.
There are only so many young kid friendly films that get released throughout the year. When I use the phrase young kid, I am referring to Superkiddo’s current age bracket: 5-8. I consider this to be a precious age, and one during which critical development takes place. We take great care to guard what influences are allowed into the life of our young child, so all media is previewed by us before being accessed by Superkiddo.
I was intrigued by how Maleficent would approach an all-time favorite fairytale. I attended a screening to determine if this was appropriate for children like my own. These are my thoughts after viewing the movie.
Maleficent in a nutshell
Disney takes on the story of Sleeping Beauty, and retells it from the perspective of the villain. Maleficent’s life and world are endangered when a human army invades, and attempts to subdue the magical forest. She rises up to protect herself, and the land, against their attacks by using her mystical powers. When Maleficent suffers a ruthless betrayal, she gets revenge on the King by placing his baby daughter, Princess Aurora, under a spell. Maleficent eventually realizes that Princess Aurora may hold the keys to peace between the kingdoms, as well as Maleficent’s chance at true happiness.
Maleficent is rated PG* for its language & content. It contains fantasy action, violence, & several rather frightening images. I would describe it as iffy for young children. The language isn’t quite appropriate for the very young, and the film has quite a bit of suggestive content. I found it to be dark, too dark, for the young spirit and mind of my kid. It isn’t a big deal that the film attempted to make the audience connect with the villain, but Angelina Jolie’s portrayal could be described as quite scary for younger kids. The movie spends a great deal of time on magic, curses, and spells, and it truly felt as if the production kept trying to push the acceptance of darkness.
I have parent friends who loved the film, & they anticipate seeing it multiple times this summer with their kids. High 5’s to all who feel this way. I felt that it simply wasn’t the best combination of language and context for younger audiences. Older viewers will appreciate the action, and humor; however, I would encourage parents of the youngest moviegoers to exercise caution with this one.
*Learn more about the film rating system here.