My partner and I recently went to the movie Maleficent. It was very well done. It came across as very much a feminist take on the old Sleeping Beauty story.
Angelina Jolie did a great job portraying Maleficent. In stead of her being an evil witch who simply wanted to make the monarchs suffer, she had real motivations. Yes, what she did was wrong. She realized as much. But she had been hurt badly by someone that she had once loved. She wanted revenge. Her emotions and actions were easy to sympathize with.
What I liked most about the story was the power given to the female characters. Maleficent fought the king herself despite having the power to call an army to her side. She also went out of her way to protect Aurora. And Aurora was quite powerful too. She was able to make Maleficent realize that her actions were wrong. She was curious. She had hopes and dreams, and she was willing to fight for them.
But my favorite part of the movie was true love’s first kiss. It wasn’t the usual girl gets kissed by man she’s never met before, wakes up, falls in love, gets married, and lives happily ever after type of kiss. It was love formed by a relationship. It was developed over years.
This was probably the best movie I have seen this year.