This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I've loved Maleficent's character since I first saw the original Sleeping Beauty film and I also love seeing stories retold from an alternate point of view, so I greatly looked forward to this film (and probably rated it higher than it deserved as a consequence).
I liked the idea that Maleficent (despite her name) wasn't born evil, but was made that way by the actions of others, and that the curse she placed on Aurora was born from a place…
I WANT to like this film, given that I'm crazy about guinea pigs, but that very fact made me pretty mad with all the depictions of poor husbandry and generally bad animal care in this film. Yes, I know it isn't real, but I also know that kids copy what they see on screen and I pity the animals that were bought as a result of this film.
Rewatched this old favourite with this article in mind: www.overthinkingit.com/2011/10/03/beauty-beast-stockholm-syndrome/
Tonnes of fun!