We watched it last week end and absolutely adored it...
This film it's not what it looks like from the trailer. It's so much more...
If you haven't see this film yet, you may want to stop reading now (spoilers ahead!)
First of all, I really love how the story is told from the opposite perspective then the usual fairytale. In this film we hear and see the story of the 'villain' rather then the 'hero' (and we will see how there is no such thing as a villain later on)...
This film goes deep into the shadow. It explains how and why the ego does what it does when we let it.
First, the film explores the magical realm of the fairies and pixies, with amazing beautiful visuals that will take your breath away.
I loved the flying mer-people, what a beautiful twist to the usual iconography of these creatures.
We meet and fall in love with Maleficent; we see her story, her life and her will to save and protect the fairy kingdom from the human world when it is threatened. She reminded me of the wickedness, earthiness and power of Shakespeare's Pan.
Maleficent is a mythical creature; Beautiful big, brown, eagle-like (or angel like) wings allowed her to move swiftly wherever needed. Strong dark horns her head.
I know that when people see horns they automatically see the devil. But horns on a head don't make someone evil by default! Let's not forget that the creation of the devil is, and always was, man-made. It represents a shadow side that it is in each and every human being.
But before that, well over 4,000 years ago, the bull horns represented power, authority, respect in many religions across the globe. In the ancient Egyptian religion it was "Hapis" (Then Ptah, Osiris and Atum); In hinduism it was "Nandi" (meaning 'who brings joy') and so on.
Then the symbol of the horns was corrupted by the 'new religions' with the advent of the Old Testament and ever-since then, it has been connected to the sin of man, and hell (hell was also man-made to control the masses to oblige and obey to one patriarchal religion)
No, there is nothing evil about Maleficent, despite her name. She is full of love, compassion and extreme power. She is the one that puts a spell on a child as revenge toward man who
who ripped off her wings off in order to become king. The act of the spell, was of course a selfish and egotistic act, one that she herself regretted doing. This part of the film is one of the most beautiful ones; it brought tears to my eyes. Here you see that the ego can be dismantled by the love and compassion that each and everyone is capable of.
Of course, if you are to tell the story of The Sleeping Beauty, you have to keep the characters names otherwise you might as well write a different story. In the original cartoon we have dark as we know it and light as we know it. We have evil forces verses good forces. We have the villain and we have the hero.
In Disney 1959's feature we witness the victimisation of 'good' characters and the condemnation of the 'bad' characters. We are told that there is 'good' and 'evil' and nothing stands in between. But times have changed, people are becoming more and more empowered. In 2014's feature, 55 years later from the cartoon, (55 is also very significant number) we harness the power of true love and compassion. The redemption from ones mistake.
It is Maleficent that saves Aurora with a kiss, not the prince.
So, if you do insist to see Maleficent as a villain, in this film you will be forced to see that the villain has in majority, a tender loving side to her; and the one action of placing a spell on Aurora, was the one time egotistic mistake of revenge, rather then the one's life mission to destroy love and harmony within in a kingdom as it is portrayed in the original Disney's feature.
This film teaches us to see things from different perspective, not to give thing for granted.
The character of the King for instance, who is he? He is a thief right from the beginning of the film. He desires to experience love, but along the way choses to betray love in exchange it for power. Not only that, he knows the one weakness of Maleficent and uses this knowledge to destroy her. He is a man consumed by fear and revenge.
So I would encourage you to step in the shadow; and you'll see that it is not frightening as you might think it is. This film offer an in dept look at the archetypes, for example:
Maleficent: is the Magician - powers of perception, intuition, cleverness
facing the challenges of trickery, and manipulation.
The King: The Sovereign - Order, stability, control, tradition
facing the challenges of entitlement and greed.
The Raven: Sage - Wisdom, intelligence, clarity of thought, rational decision making
facing the challenges of feeling disconnected, and passiveness.
I find in ingenious!
If people were to truly harness the this power they would learn a lot about themselves.
So, to those who believe that his film was made as a way to control and program the masses, I would just say this:
1) no-one can be controlled and programmed without your permission
2) if people were to be programmed with the qualities of this film, which are in essence, love and compassion, it would probably be a very good thing.
3)if you believe that you are creating your reality what does this conspiracy theory say about you?
Hope you will love it,
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