I have never been a fan of Angelina Jolie. Personally I always disliked her after the whole love triangle with Brad and Jen. And I thought Tomb Raider was overrated. Whatever. I have to respect her acting in the new film Maleficent, a new take on the classic Sleeping Beauty, which was a take on Little Briar Rose, but that’s another story. Anyway, for those of you who hate Disney and don’t know what happened, I’ll try and make the long story short. A princess is cursed on the night before her 16th birthday into a death-like sleep. She can only be awakened by true love’s kiss. Obviously a prince comes and saves her. They live happily ever after. The end.
Now I’m about to unload a major spoiler, so be aware if you really want to see the movie. In Maleficent, it’s not the prince who saves Aurora. In fact, Maleficent, the “evil fairy” has been watching over the child for years. What begins as an intent to make sure the child lives long enough to endure the spell, turns into love. I’m sure the prince fell in love with Aurora when they met, but his kiss wasn’t what woke up Aurora. It was the loving kiss from Maleficent. The kiss only a mother can give to her child. It was beautiful.
There are two points to be made about this plot twist. First off, it was a nice change of pace. It wasn’t a man coming to save the day. The damsel in distress didn’t need some guy to come and help her out. A strong woman who was considered an antagonist at one point in the movie came through. Then, Aurora freed Maleficent’s wings. A young lady in the making, saving the one who first saved her. The prince was superfluous to this heroine story.
Secondly, for once the older woman in the story is not the bad guy throughout the entire film. Snow White, Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, they all were at odds against an older woman, vying for a win. It sets a precedent for women, young and old to fight in some form. Instead, Maleficent shows that it doesn’t have to be that way. And for that, I commend you, Disney. You finally did something right.