We all think of the evil witch, Maleficent, from “Sleeping Beauty”. But nothing springs from nothing. So how evil must someone be to make someone else become evil? This is a fascinating look at the flip side of that Disney classic, drawn from “The Beauty Sleeping in the Wood” by Charles Perrault and/or “Little Briar Rose” by the Brothers Grimm.
I will say no more about the plot. Just knowing that is an alternate telling of “Sleeping Beauty” is enough. I enjoy the trend of retelling old stories, “Snow White and the Huntsman” and others in that vein. It takes as much talent to see an old story in a new way as it does to create something from whole cloth.
Right off, the special effects are stunning, along with the musical score. Disney productions usually excel when it comes to the score and overall production, and they did not miss a beat with this one.
Overall, the actors do wonderful jobs. There were a few flat lines from some of the more short lived characters, but nothing distracting. The direction is excellent. The editing is very well done, though there is one key continuity lapse, but it is minor. The 3D work is breathtaking.
I, personally, enjoyed the overall plot. There are some fanciful moments, but it is, after all, a fairytale. Things are allowed to just happen. There wouldn’t be any magic in fairies if they couldn’t. But some of the more hardliners out there might pooh-pooh a point here or there.
I say, well worth the ticket, and the glasses are a must.