We were planning on taking our children to see Disney’s Maleficent. We really were. We are fans of most fairy tales in our home, including Sleeping Beauty. My kiddos adore this 1959 film.
Truth be told, I was a bit hesitant at first about viewing this remake about Sleeping Beauty’s villain. But then I discovered that the film was rated PG. There was no foul language involved. The Plugged In review looked promising, and many parents have given it rave reviews. Maleficent was even portrayed as kind in the beginning of the film, and in the end there is redemption. I began looking for a movie theater close to where we were staying on vacation.
Then as fate (or God) would have it, a Good Fight Ministries review showed up on my Facebook newsfeed. In their article, they shared the following verse:
Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Isaiah 5:20
What have my children grown up knowing Maleficent as? evil
How does this new movie portray Maleficent? as (kind of) good
What does the very word Maleficent mean? One who is evil and would like to harm others. The opposite of benevolent.
What is Maleficent’s bird named? Diablo (Spanish for devil) in the 1959 version, and Diaval in the new film.
While I do not agree with everything written in the Good Fight Ministries article, a few points definitely made me think. Yes, it is just a movie. I totally understand that it is fantasy, and that my children would see it as such as well.
I also know that the eye is the lamp of the body. (Matthew 6:22) We need to be mindful of what our eyes see.
We need to think on what is true, excellent, right and pure. (Philippians 4:8)
We should not call things known previously as downright evil, good. (Isaiah 5:20)
I normally do not have a problem with a movie (with clean words and no immorality) with a definite good guy and bad guy…when good wins! But this…I’m not so sure.
So, what’s a mom to do? Should we apply scriptural teachings to our entertainment choices, or are they somehow excluded? Please share your thoughts below!
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