#027 – Maleficent and Familiar Feminism

#027 – Maleficent and Familiar Feminism

On this episode of the Reel World Theology Podcast:


We take a look at Angelina Jolie’s return to the live-action big screen in Maleficent. A reinterpretation of the Disney classic, Sleeping Beauty, Maleficent tries to show that there are two sides to every story and sometimes “evil” may not be as evil as once thought. JR Forasteros and Laura Fissel help explain why the critics found their problems but we all found ways to enjoy the movie anyway– and take a lot away from this film. By leaving no doubts about its feminist underpinnings, the film turns out to be one of the most conversation starting films of the year. We also get into many, many, tangents including some of our least favorite films and why we would consider seeing the new Transformers film (seriously!)…

Download Episode 027 Here:
Reel World Theology #027 – Maleficent and Familiar Feminism
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This weeks’ panel included Laura Fissel and JR Forasteros.

Laura Fissel (@laura_fissel)
Who-ology Reviews

JR Forasteros (@jrforasteros)
The Storymen Podcast
Origami Elephants Podcast

Podcast Notes and Links:

Maleficent on IMDB

Maleficent on Rotten Tomatoes

Sleeping Beauty on IMDB

The StoryMen Interview with Stephen R Donaldson

Life After Life‘ Aging Inmates Struggle for Redemption on NPR

Maleficent Review at Christianity Today

Maleficent‘s Nuanced Understanding of Evil at Think Christian

Sleeping Beauty, A Rose With No Thorns at Feminist Disney

Maleficent Movie Feminist Lessons at The Urban Daily


One of the best episodes. Loved the discussion! I really enjoy when Laura Fissel is on the podcast. Thanks guys!

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