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When Hiccup and Toothless discover an ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace.
It's a jungle out there for Blu, Jewel and their three kids after they're hurtled from Rio de Janeiro to the wilds of the Amazon. As Blu tries to fit in, he goes beak-to-beak with the vengeful Nigel, and meets his father-in-law.
The magically long-haired Rapunzel has spent her entire life in a tower, but now that a runaway thief has stumbled upon her, she is about to discover the world for the first time, and who she really is.
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A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. Maleficent rises to be the land's fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers a ruthless betrayal - an act that begins to turn her pure heart to stone. Bent on revenge, Maleficent faces a battle with the invading king's successor and, as a result, places a curse upon his newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Maleficent realizes that Aurora holds the key to peace in the kingdom - and perhaps to Maleficent's true happiness as well. Written by
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Angelina Jolie also said that "having a director (Robert Stromberg) coming from the world of production design really helped pull me into the fairy tale world. The film is beautiful but also has a sexy, dark edge because the story is coming from the point of view of a villain." See more »
The two kings in this story set in the Middle Ages, which ended in 1453, are often addressed as Majesty. The first monarch addressed as Majesty was Charles I, King of Spain, who was also Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire as Charles V, and who reigned in the 16th century. See more »
So, Disney ambushes Gregory Maguire, the author of "Wicked" in this tepid retelling of "Sleeping Beauty" and the unnecessary explanation for the actions of the exquisite villain we love to hate, Maleficent.
Maguire had a brilliant idea once upon a time, his speculation about a wicked woman's progression towards very bad behavior and the reasons behind that transformation changed fairy tales forever. Maguire caught lightening in a bottle, using complex characters and situations to explain a life that ended with a bucket of water. "Wicked" had everything that "Maleficent" does not: compelling characters and a sturdy plot which gave the characters room to move and grow. "Maleficent" is the Dollar General version of "Wicked". For it's tedious running time of 90-some minutes, it plods along throwing 200 million dollars of CGI imagery at you, which is evidently supposed to divert you from noticing the plot holes and jaw-droppingly abysmal dialog. It feels padded out in many places. It's stingy in the extreme and comes across like a puppy that's peed on the carpet. You can't hate a puppy, all cuteness and earnest contrition for the wet spot. "Maleficent" wants your love so badly it's willing to humiliate the best villain Disney ever had.
We love Maleficent simply because she's bad to the bone. Why should we care what happened to her back in the day? Great villains are often just what they appear to be, corrupt individuals who take pleasure in the suffering of others. The original Maleficent owned her darkness, and in the end, died for it. This new, terrible "explanation" for old Mal's bitchery was given to us by the horrid Linda Woolverton's screenplay (Woolverton also scribbled the wretched screenplay for Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland). This reimagining of why the old girl was such a meanie nearly turns Disney's Grande Dame of Evil into June Cleaver. All that was missing was a string of everyday pearls and a frilly apron. Let's not talk about the three fairies or the weak retelling of the famous pink/blue fight between them. I wanted to spray them with Raid and watch them die. Now that's evil.
Evidently, the backbone Disney showed in 1959 allowing Maleficent to invoke "all the powers of Hell" in her dragon transformation is all gone. Being a real meanie is bad these days. No one is accountable for doing bad things, they're just misunderstood. Being a meanie doesn't sell merchandise. Being a meanie and dying when you finally get caught doesn't allow for a sequel. Get ready for "Maleficent 2: Forest Frolics". Two stars, one for each of Angelina Jolie's cheekbone prosthetics. A truly depressing film from a once innovative studio.
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