" the only possible explanation for why a powerful woman might turn evil is to get back at a boy."
In the retelling she had already forgave him the first time. Did it not occur to you the the dismembering of her person (regardless of the gender of the person dismembering her) was the cause of her rage. Or perhaps that betrayal for the sake of power gain was a motivator. Apparently you are too narrow minded to see those aspects of her turning evil.
" Instead, in a disturbing scene, Stefan drugs her, lies with her, and cuts off her wings while she sleeps, leaving Maleficent to wake up the next morning horrified to discover her body has been violated. It's a thinly veiled rape metaphor, which is a rather questionable choice for what's ostensibly a family film,"
There was no sexuality presented in this scene. and to add in your review that he "lies with her" implies they had sex which they didn't. It was a scene of him waiting for the drug to take effect. I think your more interested in attempting to sexualize the scene for your readers just to make your point. Bad show friend, bad show
"For years, Maleficent apparently has nothing better to do than skulk around the forest watching Aurora age, allowing the young girl to come to think of her as a fairy godmother."
What else would she do, she focused her rage and hatred into cursing the girl, so at first naturally she would want to watch her to suffer, to observe her handy work. In the beginning she kept her a live with the knowledge that if she died to soon she would not be able to revel in the misery that she would cause the king (like killing the torture victim too soon)
Aurora thought of her as her fairy godmother because she didn't know any better, and the scene where she explains it is the beginning of the villain understanding that her rage was misdirected.
" Plus, she doesn't even turn into an effin' dragon! Becoming a dragon is Maleficent's coolest power and she doesn't even get to do it -- instead her shape-shifting companion Diaval (Sam Riley) gets that ability."
A little fixated are we? He didn't have the ability she changed him into it. She's a dragon, He's a dragon its a minor deviation in what is obviously an alternate telling where deviations are EXPECTED. Are you so much of a traditionalist that your upset about the dragons fire not being green as well?
"Disney's "Maleficent" emerges as a fundamentally misguided interpretation of the title character, one that seems to misunderstand what drew people to her in the first place. As a fan myself, it's hard to imagine another film this summer being as overwhelmingly disappointing a viewing experience."
Piecing together your review its obvious you went into this movie expecting a replay of the original production. Your too fixated on the original telling and too much of a traditionalist to give the movie a fair review. Honestly you should not have reviewed a movie that you went into with specific expectations based on the previous telling.
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