In this re-imagining of the tale of Sleeping Beauty, Maleficent begins as a good fairy, who grows up to become the protector of her forest kingdom the Moors. But she suffers a terrible betrayal at the hands of her childhood friend, Stefan. His selfish ambition drives him to an unspeakable act which secures enmity between his new kingdom and Moors forever.
When King Stefan and his new wife give birth to their first child, Aurora. Maleficent curses the girl at her christening, declaring that the child will prick her finger on a spinning wheel on her 16th birthday, and fall into an endless sleep. Stefan takes every measure to preempt the curse and launches a fierce assault on the Moors. But Maleficent throws up an impenetrable thorn thicket around her kingdom and waits.
Stefan sends Aurora to live with some protective pixies. Maleficent discovers the girl, and, over time begins to care for her. Maleficent tries to revoke her curse but she cannot. It must run its course. Aurora does prick her finger on her 16th birthday and falls asleep -- a sleep that can only be broken by true love's kiss. Maleficent made that the antidote only because she believed that true love does not exist. If she is right, Aurora will sleep forever.
Movie Sermon's General Warning
Maleficent contains much fantasy violence and peril.