Excellent movie - five stars (from a possible five).
Enchanting and beautiful mise en scene, charming acting and directing, thrills and suspense, an original shape to the plot.
(Happily, no 'needless peril' twists, nor much improbable last-moment-coincidence nonsense.)
Well written dialogue.
Warm-hearted, loving but realistic morality.
Several eucatastrophe moments.
Passed the blub-test^ (more than once).
There are some tremendous fantasies - real new fairy tales - that are still coming into the mainstream mass media; perhaps especially among the kids movies that I see, and going against the general trend of things.
These provide the possibility of en-couraging and inspiring some of the younger generation (those with eyes to see, ears to hear).
Something to nestle, latent in the heart - perhaps to provide nourishment through life and to emerge when needed, sometime down the line.
^Blub-test - How often one feels tears running down the face.
Note: the casting of Aurora (the princess) was marvellous. She grew up, starting as the sweetest little baby, through delightful stages to a '16' year old who was played by an actress who really looked (and acted) as innocent, generous and unguardedly-lovely as the part required: an 'English Rose'.