Well it’s that time again and i just got back from seeing Maleficent RENT IT – Overall its watchable but I left feeling like the premise of the movie was that men suck
First of let me say that i was not looking forward to this movie and I would not consider myself a Disney die hard. The buzz I heard from the die hard s that went to see it on opening night was that they were disappointed. I can understand why this is not your typical Disney affair. This movie is or might as well be the Disney remake of “Wicked”.
While I’m not saying this is a bad movie but I’m not going to call it great. The effects were well done. The actors played there parts well. The story was uninspired and predictable. This was not a fairy tail story it just happened to have fairy tail characters in it. That is why most of the die hard s were disappointed.
This movie also fails the “Reverse Bechdel Test”, and every male character was either evil or mythical with one lone exception. This movie does give off the anti man vibe tho read on to find out why I say that.
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this movie is essentially about a fairy girl and a human boy who fall in love as children. As, they grow older the boy’s heart is “overcome by the greed of Men” and he leaves his love to pursue wealth and riches and goes to work for the king proving that he loves money more than all else. While the fairy dedicates her life to defending her magical homeland.
The “greedy” king hates the fairies because they have wealth that he wants and they stop him from pillaging their magic land. Even on his death bed all he wants is kill the fairy who stopped his pillaging, and he says who ever kills the fairy for him he will pick as his heir and as an added bonus he can have his daughter. Proving that he has nothing but hate in his heart.
The boy now a greedy man see’s his opportunity to betray his former love and become king. He sets out and steals her wings and lies to the dieing king. Once again proving that he loves money more than all else.
The heart broken fairy finds out that her former love did it to be king and so she stalks him. So when she sees the new king and queen have a child she puts the sleeping beauty curse on the child. Proving hell hath no fury like a women scorn.
The new sends the princess away to live in the woods with 3 idiots he does not know so he can exact his revenge becoming obsessed with it just like the former king. Thus proving that all men are the same.
The fairy regrets it but cant undo it. So after 16 years of secretly protecting the child she tries to help break the curse by guiding a prince who “loves” her to kiss her and break the curse but it does not work and her kiss is the one that breaks it. Thus proving if you want it done right send a woman.
The king does not care that she broke the curse and tries to kill her anyway which leads to him falling to his death and the princess becomes queen of the human and the fairy gives her rule of the magical land and all is happy under the 16 year old queen. Thus proving that everything would be better if women were in charge.
Maybe I’m reading to much in to it but the phrase “the evil of men” was used multiple times. With one lone exception all the evil deeds were done by men and all the good deeds done women.