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I am surprised here to be very honest. Being an animated sequel aimed at the "family" demographic, I was pleased to find a solid story that kept things fresh from the past film, good comedy, well done animation and entertaining voice work. Well done Dreamworks.
Ok, I liked it. I really did. Still, the Quicksilver problem. Yeah, can we talk about that? Best part of the film, hands down. Maybe though they made that character a little TOO good? Because I spent the rest of the film thinking every time our heroes came across a problem thinking, "if those idiots had brought him along, he could have handled that". Seriously, his mom thought they were cops...they could have told her anything. They show us a character that is funny, smart, amazingly powerful, and, with the future of the world literally at stake, extremely useful, they are like, "hey thanks for breaking our pal out of the most secure place on the planet and we are alive now only because of you, and we are going to stop someone from killing somebody so your specific power would come in REALLY handy, but anyway bye, we won't see you the rest of the movie". Seriously that one flaw makes me shake my head.
This film is really pulling me in many directions the more I think about it. I'll start with the simple parts. The SFX and the soundtrack are both great. I start to get pulled in different directions at the same time when it comes to the plot and the acting. The story told is an interesting one. I can't honestly say it is a bad story. Still, something leaves me with an unsure feeling. As interesting as the story is, I just don't know yet how I feel about the direction they took the character of Maleficent. I'm not against it...yet I don't know if it was...necessary...let's put it that way. Some beings are just born evil (this can especially be true for non-human villains) and not every villain has to have a redeemable heart and a past full of bitter betrayal to explain why they are a villain. Anyway, Angelina Jolie is absolutely excellent as Maleficent. Some of the other characters are kind of wasted in the film, for example the three faeries that take care of Aurora. Overall, it is a good film. Time will tell if my feelings for the character development they choose will change or solidify into something I can describe. For now it has left me unsure...but still entertained.
This one, for me is the mark to beat if you're aiming for the best film of the year. So far this one is it. Hey, there are still plenty of months and plenty of movies left though, so we'll see. Excellent performances help bring to life a good plot that threw a few curves here and there. The special effects are excellent and everything is supported by a very good and strong soundtrack. The Marvel steam roller just keeps moving.