Dazzling visuals are the real star of Disney's live action re-imagining of its own classic animated film Sleeping Beauty. Jolie is divine in the titular role. There's a few nice surprises along the way - although it saddened me that they had to rename Flora, Fauna and Merryweather (due to a rights issue). Take the kids and have a good time with this perfect summer fare.
Personally, the story device I am most "over" is wherein someone time travels to the past in order to fix/change/alter the future. It has been so over done recently, inevitably has holes and basically just feels like a cheat to me. Since this the major conceit of the latest in the X-Men franchise, there was little for me to enjoy. Sure it has great SFX and acting - and the whole gang is there (Evan Peters is a nice addition) but the story was a big old bore for me. Yawn.
The spectacular visual effects (and sound mix) are the stars of the show here in this "re-imagined" version of the monster flick that has an interesting take on its mythology. However, there is little emotional connection with the characters AND the titular character is a featured player at best. So see it for the style (worth it in 3D) just don't expect much substance.
This movie couldn't be more predictable if it tried. However, it has such a big heart and is filled with winning performances that this tale of a chef finding his passion again and connecting with his son is a winner. (But only in a movie does a guy like Jon Favreau get Sofia Vergara AND Scarlett Johanssen.) Be prepared to eat afterwards cause they make many yummy looking dishes which will certainly spark your appetite.