Have you seen Disney’s Maleficent yet? It is a wickedly fun movie- perfect for Halloween or any time of the year. My family saw it in the movie theater when it first came out and we really enjoyed. Naturally, I was happy to write this Maleficent review and I was provided with a copy on DVD in order to facilitate that. I love that this movie reminds you there are two sides to every story. All opinions expressed are my own.
Maleficent Movie- A Twist On The Classic Sleeping Beauty Tale
I love that everyone knows the classic Sleeping Beauty tale, but Maleficent opens up a whole new side to the story. Now you get to experience, firsthand, the side of Disney’s most iconic villain as Maleficent is brought to life like never before. Here is a link to Maleficent on IMDb in case you want all the cast information and a trailer.
Here is a brief synopsis of Maleficent:
In an unforgiving mood after a neighboring kingdom threatens her forest, Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) places an irrevocable curse on the king’s newborn daughter, the Princess Aurora. But as the child grows, Maleficent finds herself becoming fond of the girl. And as the conflict between the two realms intensifies, Maleficent realizes that Aurora may hold the key to peace in the land. Journey beyond the fairy tale in this soaring adventure that is “visually arresting, brilliantly designed” (Andrew Barker, Variety).
Who plays Maleficent?
Maleficent is played by Angelina Jolie. According to Vanity Fair, Angelina Jolie said of playing the role, “There have been times in my life where I have felt misunderstood, like Maleficent, and not accepted.”
Where to watch Maleficent
Maleficent is available On Blu-ray™ & Digital HD Nov 4, also on Disney Movies anywhere. Do you plan to see it? Or see it again?!
How The Maleficent Story Helps Kids See Every Story Has Two Sides
I like how the movie, Maleficent, makes it clear that there are two sides to every story. Before we only knew that Maleficent was evil, dark, and scary. With the Maleficent movie, we understand what made her that way. What’s more? We get to see growth in her character over the course of the movie. There are many lessons in the movie for those that look carefully at the story. I like for my children to understand that there is more than one side to a story. I like for them to see actions have consequences. It is also good for them to understand that a person can change if they choose to do so. Those are just some of the things I enjoyed about the movie.
I think it is important to share that there are two sides to every story with your kids. It is an important life lesson that they will need to understand throughout life as they interact with people. If you can see another person’s point of view and learn about what motivates their behavior, it is easier to work with that person.
Two Sides To Every Story Meaning
Two sides to every story means that you see the perspectives of each party or individual. Conflicts often arise over some thing that seems small but from each person’s perspective, there may be a backstory they makes them feel so strongly. Understanding the circumstances that leads each person to feel the way the do, helps to connect and build a bridge where otherwise there may only be darkness and confusion.
The lesson of two sides to every story is relevant in our daily lives at home. Especially since I have two children and I get a lot of, “Mom, Sierra did _____ to me,” and a lot of “Mom, Leo is bugging me.” I try to help them understand that we should do unto others as we would have done unto us. Furthermore, I try to help them understand how the other person may be feeling in the situation. I ask questions about why they did what they did. This helps them realize how their actions may have caused or contributed to the problem. I also make sure they understand that a negative behavior is still negative no matter the reasons and therefore unacceptable.
Just as in the story of Maleficent, we can choose to harden our hearts and respond with anger to everyone. Or we can try to work directly on solving the problem and/or moving past it.
Tips for helping kids see two sides to every story:
Help your child think about the sequence of events and what happened from both perspectives. Many times they get angry because of something that happened. However they fail to think about what happened right before that may have led to it.
Help your child grasp how the other party is feeling. They may assume feelings that are not true. For example, they may think someone was trying to be hurtful to them so they were trying to be hurtful back, etc.
Ask your child to put themselves in the other party’s shoes. Think about how it would feel to be the other person.
Help your child work out a solution for resolving the problem. Ask them what they think would help. If they don’t know, make multiple suggestions. In this way, they can learn to come up with solutions for problems and choose the best course.
Be supportive of your child. It is OK for children to feel angry or sad- even when it may seem unreasonable. Often they just don’t know how to process the emotions. Help them understand how they are feeling and take steps to move to a better feeling. This process will enable them to begin to do that for themselves.
Do you have any tips for helping kids see 2 sides to every story?