Following on from my film review of The Love Witch, I thought I would share my earlier review of the movie Maleficent. This movie allows Maleficent to tell us her story – and what a story it is!
I’m not surprised that witches rarely get to speak their own truths in popular culture. It seems when they do, they don’t have anything positive to say about men in power.
Following on from Wicked comes the movie Maleficent. Based on fairytales and the Disney Film Sleeping Beauty, the film is Maleficent’s version of what really happened in Sleeping Beauty.
There are so many ways of approaching and analysing this film. One easy way is to discuss it in three parts:
The Early Years
Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Retold
It’s a classic narrative structure – beginning, middle and end. But what happens in these sections is not necessarily classic, nor expected.
The first part sets the scene. There are two worlds that live side by side. The Fairy World, called The Moors, which is magical, rich, peaceful and free of rulers. Over the river is the…
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