Maleficent Teaser Hits Internets

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MaleficentIt could be the best of films.… or it could be the worst. Dis­ney is revis­it­ing one of their scari­est char­ac­ters in this tale of Malef­i­cent, com­plete with a new back story that re-writes a lot of what they first showed us in 1959 with Sleep­ing Beauty. Aban­don­ing the orig­i­nal back story is one rea­son to be scared; hav­ing Angelina Jolie re-create this clas­sic char­ac­ter is another.… but should Malef­i­cent really scare us? We have a peak now to make that judgement.

Dis­ney has just released a teaser video from this May 2014 release. While there is a lot to worry about, there is also some rea­son to be hope­ful. The film is pro­duced by Don Hahn and writ­ten by Linda Woolver­ton, both of whom helped cre­ate one of Disney’s great­est ani­mated films, Beauty And The Beast. And with Angelina Jolie both star­ring and exec-producing, you know there is plenty of money in the project.

But Angelina Jolie could also prove to be a neg­a­tive– she is not at the top (or even on the first page!) of my list of great female actors. Is she really best suited for this role, or is it just an ego project she is per­son­ally bankrolling? On my first view­ing of the teaser, I think she may yet impress me in this roll. I espe­cially like her last laugh. Let’s she if she can keep up this inten­sity for a whole film, because Malef­i­cent is noth­ing if not intense.

Also appar­ent from a first view­ing is that they are def­i­nitely tak­ing lib­er­ties with the orig­i­nal Sleep­ing Beauty. As you may recall from Disney’s 1959 ani­mated orig­i­nal, Malef­i­cent spent six­teen years try­ing to find the young Aurora. It looks to be in this film that Malef­i­cent spent six­teen years watch­ing Aurora the whole time. And, as I look at my orig­i­nal Malef­i­cent cel, I note she was decid­edly green in color; Jolie looks pale, but hardly chartreuse.

The heavy hand of CGI every­thing is very appar­ent in the trailer, too. Hon­estly, I am get­ting a lit­tle sick of films that are per­fectly exposed in impos­si­ble set­tings. I would be nice to see some prac­ti­cal sets again… Ulti­mately, I have a lot of faith in Linda Woolver­ton, and that she will pull some­thing good out of this, despite the rewrit­ing of Sleep­ing Beauty history.

So give this a look. Let us know what you think– are you look­ing for­ward to this film, or does Malef­i­cent really scare you?

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