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Young and old alike are drawn into Disney films and their worlds of magic and whimsy because we seek escapism through them.
They make a clear distinction between good and evil which is not always the case in real life.
You don't always know your enemy in reality. There is a lot of grey in the real world.
As Maleficent opens, this black and white morality seems to count for this Disney film too, but this is clearly shown to not be the case as the story unfolds.
Most of the audience of the film Maleficent will be familiar with the fairytale of Sleeping Beauty. They will expect the 'evil' fairy Maleficent to be cold and beyond redemption and this seems to be true for the majority of the film.
The audience will, if like me, soften towards Maleficent as we are informed of her backstory and how she became 'evil'. Any adults in the audience may sympathise with Maleficent more than their children because we, like Maleficent, have suffered heartbreak and know how it can break and harden you.
The serious subject matter of the film is lightened by the presence of the three fairies who bring Aurora up. Their bickering and slapstick humour is hilarious.
The film has a beautiful and emotive ending that sweetly rewrites the conclusion the audience expects.
It shows that even the 'evilest' of characters can be redeemed through love.
As with other Disney films there is a morality lesson to be learnt in this film.
The lesson is that a person can be both good and evil (actually most people are a mingling of the two).