Maleficent - Trailer - Preview - Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Vivienne Jolie-Pitt - Releases May 30, 2014
Updated - May 21, 2014
Maleficent opens this Friday, May 30, 2014. Disney's PR machine has been hard at work with a barrage of trailers and articles online and in hard copy magazines. And, this blog on my site has the most hits. Interestingly Jolie altered cheekbones, added a prosthetic nose, modified both ears and teeth all the while wearing moon sized contacts in order to create a sinister appearance for Maleficent. My girlfriend from high school, Jayne Warme Bell's grandmother was one of the original models for Maleficent at Disney. Thank you Jayne for sharing. Perhaps Jolie was inspired by this beauty from the 1950's?
It will be fascinating to see how Maleficent does in the theatres. The film seems dark and the target audience is a bit unclear whether for adults or children? Either way, Jolie will command the screen and the chances are high the film will be successful. "Maleficent", may not hit the notes that movie reviewers search for in films and instead will perhaps focus on entertaining the audience. Thus, isn't the movie going experience, especially during summer, based on having fun, entertainment and escapism?
- Produced by Joe Roth: “Oz the Great and Powerful,” “Alice in Wonderland,” “Snow White and the Huntsman” & “Maleficent".
- Angelina Jolie's last film on the big screen - "The Tourist" 2010 - Sheer entertainment contrary to avid reviewers looking for depth, a message or a teaching lesson.
As Maleficent states in "Maleficent"......
"After all, there is evil in this world, hatred & revenge"
At the Grammys, January 26, 2014, a new trailer for the much anticipated Disney film Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie, showcased the Sleeping Beauty theme song, "Once Upon a Time". The song in the trailer is eerie and sends chills down the spine foreshadowing the evil empress - Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty. The Grammy nominee Lana Del Rey gives a haunting rendition and strangely sounds like Jolie. Off course, we also see a glimpse of Maleficent with the first few lines: "Well, well."
To refresh our childhood memories - Maleficent is the evil sorceress in the Disney 1959 classic movie Sleeping Beauty. The story opens with Maleficent not being invited to the the christening of Princess Aurora, Vivienne Jolie-Pitt. Thus, Maleficent takes revenge on King Stefan and the Queen by cursing Aurora. Maleficent is a poisonous snake that evokes rage, hatred, jealousy and envy against all in the kingdom. According to the Ultimate Disney top 30 Disney Villain's countdown - Maleficent ranks #1. Of course, Disney film's always have a happy ending. This one is bound to be an action pack, evil induced and a wickedly fun ride with the enchanting Jolie as Maleficent. Releases - May 30, 2014.
Excerpt from the fabled story:
Once upon a time there was a Queen who had a beautiful baby daughter. She asked all the fairies in the kingdom to the christening, but unfortunately forgot to invite one of them, who was a bit of a witch as well. She came anyway, but as she passed the baby's cradle, she said:
"When you are sixteen, you will injure yourself with a spindle and die!"
"Oh, no!" screamed the Queen in horror. A good fairy quickly chanted a magic spell to change the curse. When she hurt herself, the girl would fall into a very deep sleep instead of dying.
The years went by, the little Princess grew and became the most beautiful girl in the whole kingdom. Her mother was always very careful to keep her away from spindles, but the Princess, on her sixteenth birthday, as she wandered through the castle, came into a room where an old servant was spinning.
"What are you doing?" she asked the servant.
"I'm spinning. Haven't you seen a spindle before?"
"No. Let me see it!" The servant handed the girl the spindle ... and she pricked herself with it and. with a sigh, dropped to the floor.
The terrified old woman hurried to tell the Queen. Beside herself with anguish, the Queen did her best to awaken her daughter but in vain. The court doctors and wizards were called, but there was nothing they could do. The girl could not be wakened from her deep sleep. The good fairy who managed to avoid the worst of the curse came too, and the Queen said to her,
"When will my daughter waken?"
"I don't know," the fairy admitted sadly.
"In a year's time, ten years or twenty?" the Queen went on.
"Maybe in a hundred years' time. Who knows?" said the fairy.
"Oh! What would make her waken?" asked the Queen weeping.
"Love," replied the fairy. "If a man of pure heart were to fall in love with her, that would bring her back to life!"