This is probably the most underwhelming princess movie I’ve ever seen. And I didn’t care for Cinderella very much at all. You can definitely see why they waited 20+ years after the fact to do another princess story, since this one was so bland and so boring and….just completely unmemorable.
The animation is worse than its predecessor, and the characters are really just meh. The story begins with Princess Aurora being born, and people come to shower the infant with gifts that most likely won’t go to the baby since a baby has no use for money. But three faeries decide to give more tangible gifts, such as beauty, song and prophesized death.
Apparently there’s some big evil witch they didn’t want coming around the baby (who can blame them) and is a little pissed off about it. But instead of just outright killing the infant then and taking her revenge, she decides to choose a plan that could probably be avoided and would take decades to carry out. For one of the more legitimately threatening villains, she isn’t very bright.
The third faerie (who in the original fairy tale was supposed to grant the gift of obedience, which wouldn’t sit well with audiences of today, but since when has that stopped them?) decides to help by saying that instead of dying, she’ll just sleep until her true love can kiss her to wake her. So now we have a plot that’s ripping off a plot of a previous movie and a princess we know nearly nothing about.
And this doesn’t change over the course of the movie. Aurora/Briar Rose is so bland and boring as a princess. Sure she’s pretty, sure she can sing, sure she goes barefoot everywhere even though you shouldn’t go barefoot in a forest (wouldn’t walking across a log in bare feet hurt?) but we don’t know anything about her! Even less than Cinderella, and she was portrayed as being pretty much an unperson who took everything life could throw at her and kept her Stepford Smile on.
So, in this movie, I was very thoroughly bored. The only scene I really enjoyed was Prince Phillip slaying the “Dragon”, but that wasn’t enough to save my opinion of the movie. I really didn’t like this one. Thankfully Disney learned what they were doing when they made films like Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and others. There’s only so many times they can take a story that would take 15 minutes to tell and stretch it out like taffy.