Archetypal Looking Glass: Disney’s Maleficent

Series: Archetypal Looking Glass

Spoiler Warning: Spoilers for Maleficent. Basically just all of the spoilers for Maleficent.

Trigger Warning: While I do think Maleficent is potentially triggering for some people I don’t know how best to express the specific triggers. I think that some of the relationships and events in the movie could hit some very specific abuse related triggers, and I discuss some of those relationships and events in this post. I can imagine that the loss of Maleficent’s wings, which I do not discuss at length, could also be triggering.

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Image Description: A poster for Maleficent, taken from IMDB.com. Maleficent, played by Angelina Jolie, takes up most of the foreground. She wears a black cloak and has her horns wrapped in leather. Her lips are full and bright red, and her skin is white. Her cheekbones are high and enhanced, and there is a crow perched near her shoulder. Behind her is Aurora, who long blond hair and is wearing a light blue dress. The background shows a large kingdom with a castle on one side and a wall of thorns on the other.

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Lucy Review

Spoiler Warning: Lucy

Trigger Warning: Discussion of fictional racialized violence. I would add a pretty huge consent and body autonomy tw, too, if you watch the movie. I talk about it some here, but don’t go into much detail.

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Image: Lucy poster, from IMDB.com

When Lucy was first announced and the trailers started coming out, I heard a lot of different opinions from people. Some people were excited, even saw the fact that the protagonist is female, rather than male, as a wonderful move for feminism. Some were decrying it for racism. Some were just excited about Scarlet Johansen and the fact that this could lead to a Black Widow movie from Marvel.

And some pointed out that the movie has exactly zero basis in actual science.

As the release date drew near, I had to make a decision: should I go see it in theaters, and give money to a movie that I was pretty sure would be racist, in order to talk about its content, or should I avoid it. I decided to go for the first option, so that I could either recommend the movie or not.

I have a lot of things to say, but let me sum them up:

I didn’t like it. I can see how it would be a fun popcorn movie, but between the racism, sexism, and crappy science, I didn’t really enjoy it. It had a few entertaining lines, and some very pretty scenes, but to be honest I found the whole movie pretty terrible–even without the problematic content.

More depth (and spoilers) below:

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