The success of Alice led to Maleficent several years later. The story of Sleeping Beauty’s villain takes a “Wicked” turn as Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) is the misunderstood monster betrayed by a man who used and exploited her. Elle Fanning as Aurora at the end saves the day through her relationship with Maleficent and completely ignores Prince Philip’s true love’s kiss. Emphasis is given to the relationship between Maleficent and Aurora.
Wokiness: De-emphasizes the prince sub-plot and focuses the story on the two main female relationships.
Now on to Cinderella. Lilly James is the titular princess, and she turns in a more subtle performance of a stronger Cinderella than the animated feature. While bullied, she refuses to play the victim…sobbing and moping around the house waiting for a man to save her. It still holds true to its original story.
Wokiness: Cinderella sees herself not as a victim of her step-mother and sister and fights for her independence…and marries the prince.