Maleficent Trailer #3

Synopsis: Maleficent explores the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the 1959 classic Sleeping Beauty and the elements of her betrayal that ultimately turn her pure heart to stone. Driven by revenge and a fierce desire to protect the moors over which she presides, Maleficent cruelly places an irrevocable curse upon the human king’s newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Aurora is caught in the middle of the seething conflict between the forest kingdom she has grown to love and the human kingdom that holds her legacy. Maleficent realizes that Aurora may hold the key to peace in the land and is forced to take drastic actions that will change both worlds forever.

More of the special effects are seen this time around than in the first and second trailers.  I must say I am pretty impressed with the visuals.  Maleficent’s green fire, the forest creatures, and  her wings (one of the most prominent points of the trailer) all look great.  But the coolest thing seen in this trailer is Maleficent’s dragon form, seen briefly towards the end.  It looks bad-ass.  I still have some reservations, mostly about the story and the effect it will have on the character of Maleficent, but for the most part I am pretty excited to see Maleficent, especially with Angelina Jolie as the title character.

Disney’s Maleficent hits theaters May 30, 2014.  Directed by Robert Stromberg, it stars Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley, Brenton Thwaites, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple, Hannah New, Sam Riley, Lesley Manville, and Kenneth Cranham.

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Maleficent Trailer #2

Synopsis: Maleficent explores the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the 1959 classic Sleeping Beauty and the elements of her betrayal that ultimately turn her pure heart to stone. Driven by revenge and a fierce desire to protect the moors over which she presides, Maleficent cruelly places an irrevocable curse upon the human king’s newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Aurora is caught in the middle of the seething conflict between the forest kingdom she has grown to love and the human kingdom that holds her legacy. Maleficent realizes that Aurora may hold the key to peace in the land and is forced to take drastic actions that will change both worlds forever.

We got another Maleficent trailer the other day and it is pretty sweet.  This trailer solidifies for me that Angelina Jolie is perfect actress to play Maleficent.  Not only does she look the part, but she has her voice down as well.  I like how the introduction mirrors Sleeping Beauty.  It gives it the feeling that this is the same story, just seen from a different perspective.  It reminds me of the premise for the play Wicked.

Only thing I’m concerned about is if Maleficent gets painted as a sympathetic villain, will she lose the elements that make her such a bad-ass villain?  But on the other hand, it may make her an even better villain in a way that Magneto is such a great villain because we can empathize with him.  In any event, I’m for sure going to see this and can’t wait.

Disney’s Maleficent hits theaters May 30, 2014.  Directed by Robert Stromberg, it stars Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley, Brenton Thwaites, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple, Hannah New, Sam Riley, Lesley Manville, and Kenneth Cranham.

Maleficent movie poster