Saturday, June 07, 2014

Maleficent, Ursula, and disappointment

OK, so I've had a couple of days to digest why I was so disappointed by Maleficent. Obviously, *SPOILERS* follow.

I think it had to do with two things:

1) They pulled back from the awesome woman wronged story to make Mal a good guy. Seriously, you could still have had her like Aurora (which would be a consequence of that spell of hers) but still have her not turn into a stereotypical good guy.  And that's a absolute disaster because...

The real tragedy is I will never get to see this.
Image by Jirka Väätäinen
I'm probably never going to get to see "Ursula", which in my mind is a Shakespearean tragedy about a woman overlooked for the throne because of her gender, which instead goes to her younger brother Triton (which was mostly in the original Disney script for the Little Mermaid...) even though she is more naturally talented. Her anger festers for years over this injustice until fortune puts Triton's daughter in her path, and she sees a way to take back what is rightfully hers.  The movie can follow the same story as the original just tell it from Ursula's perspective.  But no, Disney would probably make my favorite wronged sister into a good guy.. somehow. Bah.

2) Maleficent never turned into an awesome black and purple dragon. WAY TO RUIN FANTASMIC.

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