A not so evil Maleficent
Maleficent is one of the main characters of the Walt Disney movie Maleficent”. Like the cartoon “Sleeping Beauty”, it is based on the Grimm brothers’ fairy tale of the same name. But while the fairy tale and the cartoon focused on the princess, this film decides to tell the story from the point of view of Maleficent. At the beginning of the film she is a young fairy living in peace in a magical forest. One day she meets Stefan, a young boy from the neighboring kingdom and becomes friends with him but they end up losing touch as teenagers. A few years later, the neighboring kingdom tries to invade the forest but the army is repelled by Maleficent, who has become the most powerful fairy in the kingdom. The dying king, drunk with revenge, decides to give power to the one who will kill Maleficent. Stefan, whose desire for power is stronger than anything else, takes advantage of their friendship to approach Maleficent. Unable to bring himself to kill her, he puts her to sleep, cuts off her wings and brings them back as proof of her death. A few years later, when Stefan, now king, celebrates his daughter’s christening, it is time for Maleficent to take her revenge. Thus it is not, as in the tale, an act of pure wickedness but a revenge that may seem understandable at this point in the film. The rest of the story will prove that Maleficent is not at all “evil”. She will watch over the little girl living in the forest and will end up getting attached to her until she decides to cancel her curse.