Movie Review: Maleficent

There are things we have a capacity to carry through with stability and reliability.

Blogging is not one of mine.

On the bright side, my word count is looking fantastic this month, so, you know, there’s that. 

Saw Maleficent today, which I see as part of the trend begun by Wicked and continued by Frozen, wherein we take traditionally villainous female characters and rewrite the story with a positive trend.  All around… I’m torn on this trend.  I see the validity of it, as the Wicked Witch of the West and Maleficent are incredibly powerful female figures and by reclaiming them as moral figures, they become role models for future women.

But at the same time, I don’t think they necessarily NEED the help of a movie about how they’re all just misunderstood and hurting inside.  These are women who flat kick ass. They do what they do because they are powers in their own rights, unbound by their gender and morals alike.  If we haul them back into a prescribed model of moral right, then we’re losing the point of what those women stand for.  Which, yes, is a villains role, but equality means that women get to be villains too

Up shot is, it’s complicated.  I’m not completely against the trend, but also warn treading with caution.

And all of that said?  I liked Maleficent.  I really did. Not as a ‘redeem the villain’ movie, but as a fairytale retelling.  I am a sucker for fairytale retellings, which take a well known tale and respin it into something new and familiar at once.  Maleficent is an excellent example of this.  It reworks Sleeping Beauty in a way that is both familiar, but a new spin without losing what’s at the core of the story.  Also, it’s a fun and very pretty fantasy film.  I think we need more of those.  So, if you like fantasy movies and fairy tales?  Give it a shot.

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