Disney's Maleficent is the retold story of Sleeping Beauty and tells a much different tale than the 1959 original. We sat down with two bright teens to get their thoughts on the film and the softer side of Maleficent herself.
Emma: Of the many fairy-tale villains I know, the ones that stand out to me are Ursula, Cinderella's stepmother and Cruella de Vil.
Sadie: In my experience the worst villains are the ones with no real foundation for destruction other than to cause pain and/or gain power.
Emma: They all have a strong desire for power and some of them seem to have an unhappy or lonely life, usually starting in their youth.
Sadie: I know the story of Sleeping Beauty so I knew of her, but up until a couple weeks ago I hadn't known her name.
Emma: I had only known her as the "evil" witch who cursed Aurora, so to me she was a bad person.
Sadie: I was young, and I never considered what could have made her this way, she was always just "wicked."
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Emma: At first Maleficent took out all her anger on Aurora by cursing her and hating her, but after realizing that she was a great person, Maleficent loves and cares for her.
Emma: Before seeing the movie I had formed a strong opinion about Maleficent based only on the bit of information I had, but I didn't actually know the reasons for her wrath and "evilness." After actually watching the movie, I realized that Maleficent is actually a good person/fairy and was only "evil" because she was hurt so badly by the person she loved.
Sadie: I don't even see her as a candidate for comparison because I don't think that she’s a villain.
Emma: I think Maleficent turned in to a "bad" fairy because she was betrayed and hurt by the person she loved, and she wanted to get revenge.
Sadie: I would have been confused at the kind way she had been treating me and if I thought that her kindness wasn't a facade I would ask for her side of the story and what we could do to break the curse.
Emma: I felt bad for Maleficent during the movie because she had been hurt by Stefan, the one person she loved and after that she was left without happiness or peace.
Sadie: I think that she just wants love and for her world to be left in peace.
Emma: A life with peace and no conflict between her and the neighboring lands would make Maleficent happier, which is what she ends up achieving in the end.
Emma: After seeing the movie, I would want to have Maleficent as my fairy godmother because she would be great at protecting and loving me. I also think she is a very strong and powerful person and would teach me to be so, too.
Sadie: Yes, because I know that she would care and fight for me with all she had. Her sense of loyalty was strong and so were her wings.
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