Maleficent poster courtesy of iMDB
Enchanted spindles bringing about their deathly prick, dragons coming alive, princes and princesses with happily ever afters. Fairy tales are something many of us grow up with during our childhoods but it’s always an adventure when a classic tale is given new life in the modern world.
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is a fantasy adventure that occurs a couple of years after Maleficent, in which viewers discover the experiences that hardened the heart of Disney’s most sinister villain. Viewers finally get to find out what drove Maleficent to curse Princess Aurora. This film continues to explore the puzzling character that is Maleficent as well as her complex relationship with Aurora. The audience discovers the worlds of the Moors and their relationship with the human world.
Maleficent, played by Angelina Jolie, is ridiculed and antagonized by all of the public. She is constantly reminded of the mistakes of her past. Queen Ingrith, Aurora’s future mother-in-law, doesn’t make it any better with her relentless statements like “I remember the story of a baby. A baby cursed to sleep and never wake up.”
Maleficent goes on a long, painful crusade to figure out who she is and where she fits in. She discovers surprising hardships of the past and unravels the evils of the present. Aurora and Maleficent manage to work through their problems and unite the kingdoms of the Moors and humans through the wedding of Princess Aurora and Prince Phillip.
Near the end, the Priest says “Today you teach us we are not defined by where we’re from, but by whom we love,” delivering a message of unity and acceptance.