Maleficent is Disney's "Wicked". Like Wicked was the back story to Wizard of Oz, Maleficent is the back story to Sleeping Beauty. And yet again it looks as though who you originally thought were the evil villains of the story, turn out to be not so bad after all. Jolie was born to play this part, turning from innocent fairy, protector of her realm into jilted twisted evil Queen, her every smile and glare perfect. The story is incredibly clever, crossing paths with that of Sleeping Beauty, and there are some really touching moments. Much better than their attempt to resurrect Oz!
The 3D was OK, yet again not really popping. I do wish movie studios would go all out on 3D and have stuff coming out of the screen at you! The D-BOX moving chairs were yet again on form though, with some excellent flying/gliding pieces and some big earth trembling battle sequences.
Ben 8 out of 10 (9 with D-BOX)
Barry 8 out of 10 (8 with D-BOX)