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Urban Chat: Maleficent, the multitudes of human psyche

Lynda Ibrahim

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Fri, October 18, 2019  /  05:33 pm
Urban Chat: Maleficent, the multitudes of human psyche

Angelina Jolie plays as the titular queen in ‘Maleficent: Mistress of Evil.’ (Disney/-)

Anyone who grew up reading the original Sleeping Beauty story might remember Maleficent as the evil sorcerer who cast a woeful spell on King Stefan's newborn daughter because she wasn't invited to the christening. Her character was so one-dimensional many didn’t remember her name beyond “the angry witch in a black cloak.” Disney, in tune with the rising gender equality wave of recent decades, has sought to rewrite many fairytales that stereotyped female characters into sinless beauty vs sinful ugly, or damsel in distress in need of a male rescuer vs powerful evil witch.  Animated musical film Mulan in 1998 was a start. Daughters can be just as strong and valuable as sons to a family. The Alice in Wonderland franchise, the latest Beauty and the Beast, Frozen and Moana, all showed strong, smart and independent lead female characters. In fact, Moana was ...