The truth is that Maleficent wasn’t born evil (it seems they never are i.e. Wicked). In fact, she was a kind fairy complete with friendly pairs of horns and wings. However, she soon met a human boy named Stefan and fell in love. All the girls out there know that’s when the trouble starts. Stefan eventually was lured by the power in the human world, and Maleficent was left to her own devices in the fairy world.
Back in the human kingdom, the throne was being offered to the man who could slay Maleficent, who had become an infamous villain for protecting her fairy lands against the human army. Greed soon took over Stefan, and he found Maleficent in the woods.
Remembering their past, Maleficent immediately trusted her childhood flame, but she was wrong in doing so, as some of us girls understand. Once Maleficent fell asleep, he pulled out his dagger and raised it to stab her in the back. However, the shriveled up remainder of Stefan’s heart took over, and he slowly lowered his weapon. Instead, he cut off her wings and took them back to the king as proof that he killed her even though Maleficent still breathed. In other words, he lied for power, which is sadly not unheard of.
Our protagonist woke up with both her love and her wings gone. Maleficent was distraught, devastated even. And, you know what they say, there’s nothing more dangerous than a woman scorned. Basically, this movie proved to the American public that you really shouldn’t make a powerful woman angry. Anyway, she ended up turning a crow into her human minion and began scheming against the man who broke her heart (and wings).
From here, the story is basically the same, Maleficent cursed Stefan’s child, and three “good” fairies took Aurora into woods to keep her safe from all the spinning wheels in the kingdom.
The twist is that the fairies were kind of less than intelligent, and Aurora ended up roaming the woods by herself. While doing this, she met Maleficent and thought the mystery woman was her fairy godmother. During Aurora’s time in the woods, she and Maleficent became close, so much so that Maleficent tried to undo the curse that she enacted almost 18 years before. She could not, though, and soon, Aurora was taken back to the palace by her three fairy “mothers.”
Here, we learn that Stefan had pretty much gone crazy, but, hey, I probably would have too if a horned fairy, whom I was once in love with, cursed my daughter and was roaming freely throughout my kingdom. Aurora was locked in her room to avoid any threats, but her finger was magically pulled her to the spinning wheels locked in the basement.
Of course, she pricked her finger, and fell into a deep sleep.
Now, for the ending. The old story depicted a magical kiss of true love between Aurora and Prince Phillip, a man, who, as in all fairytales, the princess barely knew. I’ll be the first one to say that these endings get old really fast, but I’m also not sure about Disney’s new direction.
First I have to mention that we all know that Elsa saved Anna from an eternal frozen heart in Frozen, a movie that I adore by the way. Little did we know that girl power would be the new slogan of Disney.
Oh, Phillip kisses Aurora, but guess what happens? Nada. He’s apparently not her true love. My next guess was the man-crow, but I suppose that wasn’t a great one. No, Aurora’s true love, who woke her up from eternal darkness, was the one and only Maleficent.
In both Frozen and Maleficent, girls save girls from problems without assistance of the princes in their lives. Is this good or bad? It isn’t really for me to decide, now is it? Let me know what your opinion is of Disney’s new take on princess stories by contacting me through the form on my “About Karly” page. The six most interesting komments will be screenshot and posted in this article’s photo gallery! Happy kommenting :)