The Disney narrator tells us: “The story is not quite what you were told.” And that could not be more true, or more concerning. And if you detest movie spoilers, too bad. I am about to spoil the ending. And I hope you thank us for it. I hope you at least understand why:
As children, we learn about the clear distinction between good and evil. And that Bible verse in Isaiah that says “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter,” that’s for some future, distant time; not now. (Isaiah 5:20)
But as we know full well, the time is already upon us. And those of us with open eyes can see it plainly. But what about our children? They certainly aren’t of the age to discern these things. And that makes them ripe for the worst kind of subtle deception: the kind that juxtaposes good and evil.
It’s the kind of opportunity Disney has jumped on, sinking its claws deep into the hearts of our youngest.
Enter Maleficent, staring Angelina Jolie. Maleficent is the title of the new movie as well as the name of the lead character, the villain in Sleeping Beauty who wants to kill this beautiful princess out of spite for the good king.
Disney wants to “help” children understand that perhaps we’ve been wrong about good and evil. Perhaps the nasty villain is actually the good girl who saves the day, and the good guy – the dad who loves his daughter – is now the evil tyrant.
Maleficent is supposed to be evil. Disney has made evil good, and good evil, and is pedaling it to children who are unable to discern the paradigm shift.
I point you to two of the best movie reviews out there, from discerning writers who get this. The first is Sympathy for the Devil: Review of Disney’s “Maleficent” by Natalina over at the Extraordinary Intelligence blog. (We’ll have her on our program soon.)
And the second is from Pastor Randy White, a frequent guest on our program. Pastor White’s article is titled, Magnificently Maleficent: A Movie Review for Christians.
Be equipped, informed and discerning, folks. It’s getting dicier out there.