Look deep enough into any fable or fairy tale, and you’ll notice they are not just a candy -coated visage of one man’s warning to society. Darkness and real world consequences are the cornerstone of any decent child’s tale. However, with its new world point of view on the classic story of Sleeping Beauty; Disney’s Maleficent twists it down a contorted road of evil and treachery that seems inappropriate for any audience.
Though she sports a pair of silky feathered wings and a set of horns, Maleficent is pretty much the only human-like fairy living amongst the magical creatures that inhabit the moors near a medieval castle filled with anxious, greedy humans. As a young girl, Maleficent protects a human boy, Stefan, who came to her land to steal some precious jewels, and the two grow up together, forming a strong and loving bond. That is, until in his early adult years Stefan betrays Maleficent and steals her wings, under the guise that anyone who delivers her wings to the King will be his successor to the throne. Nine months into his reign as King, Stefan’s Queen delivers him a young daughter. Spurned by a false love and the anger created from the loss of her very essence, Maleficent curses the child; that on young Aurora’s 16th birthday, she will prick her finger on a spinning wheel, and fall into a lifelong sleep, until the kiss of true love wakes her up.