This scene is SO important. Maleficent is with someone she trusts, someone she considers a friend. And then the next thing she knows, she wakes up in pain, bleeding, with her wings burned off. A huge part of her has been destroyed.
Rape is so prominent in our culture that it is in a Disney movie. Maybe not explicitly, but it is very clear what this scene represents and it is so sad.
I fucking cried my eyes out during this scene
AJ even confirmed that this is what this scene was a metaphor for (x) - just because i saw someone say today that this is not what this scene is about
'We were very conscious that it was a metaphor for rape': The actress explained how the scene in which her character has her wings ripped off her body while in a drug-induced sleep had to be something 'so violent and aggressive' that it would make her 'lose all sense of her maternity, her womanhood and her softness'
This whole movie made me cry
I did not consider this a metaphor for rape due to one thing, she got her wings back in the end, what is that a metaphor for, i mean I did consider the, also it would be kinda wrong to call it an metaphor, it’s more of an analogy, getting her wings cut of after being drugged vs being raped after being drugged, it’s a bit like waking up in a tub of ice, missing a kidney and half your liver. and a pint of blood.
But here is a thing that is kinda amusing, due to how people in general view rape, and this being an analogy, and it being really visible, both in the before and after, and the scene itself, I mean here you have Maleficent,
Now, lets do some back story on the most evil and most powerfull Disney Villain.
She was literally in the literal meaning of the word literal evil incarnate, nobody was more evil then her.
She is the most powerfull Disney villain, her power is essentially wishing magic, she can also teleport, transform etc. etc etc.
She is the only disney character i can name that used the word hell ever.
NOW, even thought she was the eviliest evil faery to exist, she is also one of the most popular disney villains, and Maleficent shows us why she turned evil.
Now, the wing scene here has what I would call a metaphor, she was an angel, she lost her wings, and she fell, becoming Satan 2.0.
Now everyone knew she was evil, and they learned to love her as everyone who ever watched the movie does, and when her wings where stolen, it left actual evidence, it would be like having both your arms removed in a way, you can see the pain, you knew the importance of her wings, you felt with her, for her, you pitied her, you hated Stefan, you despised him, this movie literally turned king stefan or is it Steffan? to the second most hated disney character, second to Hans ofc.
Considering I mentioned Hans, I can point out that Maleficent is just a live-action version of Frozen, a live-action analogy at least.
Elsa and Maleficent are both absurdly powerful, ofc one had a happy childhood, another not so much. Because of a guy pretending to love, they got hurt, and hurt someone they cared about, or ended up caring about, and they could not fix it untill it was… To late, kinda… Both of them almost died, Elsa and the arrow, Maleficent and the iron in the castle.
it is a 10/10 movie, would watch again.