It’s been a busy day covering the misogynist backlash which you can read here but I got a chance during dinner to watch Disney’s 2014 flick ‘Maleficent.’
If you’ve been turned off by Disney for it’s boring plot lines and endless reliance on sexist tropes then stop right there. They finally made a movie worth watching. Now, it is for little girls and is pretty simple but it kicks dudes to the curb. They are not the center of the story for like, maybe the 6th time in the HIStory of film making (sorry, but it’s true).
The 2 main characters Maleficent and Aurora, are women. The former is a wise winged faery living in her forest and the latter is the daughter of the evil King and his wife. The lesser characters are women as well. They play the 3 faeries that raise Aurora from her childhood. The story is really about maiden, mother and crone and the bonding and raising of women by women. It has important lessons for young girls and finally, the issues are truthful. If you think some dude enters the story to teach them shit or save them you’re SOL. Men in this story HARM women and the only male that has a persistent part is employed by Maleficent. She’s his boss.
I suppose the main King dude, who doesn’t take up much screen time, you could classify as sweet little boy who turns into toxic masculinity incarnate. He shows his abusive ways toward women pretty early in the film. It’s not a typical faery tale either. Dudes die, for good reason. Bad shit happens and there’s no bringing dead dudes back to life with spells or magic potions because a woman feels bad for him. Nope. None of that.
I won’t mention the ending except to say it’s not your typical Disney ending.
This movie is about being raised in a patriarchal society. It’s about the fact that men WILL harm you, even if you think he loves you. It teaches young girls they don’t need a man and can live happily in the company of women . It also has some interesting themes about fatherhood and men who are more intent on getting back at the ex than be present with their daughters.
If you’ve ever been abused by a man you’ll LOVE this film and I think whoever wrote it had that particular audience in mind, which is most women.
Have fun watching ‘Maleficent’ and tell me what you think below.
Here’s a link to watch it for free. It’s not HD but you’ll still love it.