Spoiler alert: Please note that this discusses a particular scene in the movie.
Disney’s Maleficent has hit cinemas recently and is to all who watch it, the story of a dark fairy who has lost her way.
However, according to Angelina Jolie, the movie’s main star, it also has another powerful message. Angelina has said that the core of the film is abuse, and that the scene in which Maleficent’s wings are ripped off is in fact a metaphor for rape.
During an interview with BBC Radio’s Woman’s Hour, the actress opened up about this, saying: “We were very conscious, the writer [Linda Woolverton] and I, that it was a metaphor for rape ... This would be the thing that would make her lose sight ... The core [of the film] is abuse ... The question was asked, ‘What could make a woman become so dark? To lose all sense of her maternity, her womanhood, and her softness?’”
Do you think that this underlying layer to the movie is too dark for a Disney film?