The “Sleeping Beauty” tale is told from the perspective of the villainous Maleficent and looks at the events that hardened her heart and drove her to curse young Princess Aurora.
Angelina Jolie stars as the dark fairy herself in the new trailer for Maleficent. Elle Fanning, who plays Princess Aurora aka Sleeping Beauty, also appears in the trailer. Fanning’s accent is cringe-worthy, and the CGI reminds me of movies like Snow White and the Huntsman or Oz the Great and Powerful – neither of which were great movies despite the enormous budgets. Jolie has a very commanding presence in the trailer, however, and if that’s anything to go by, then Maleficent should be a fairly promising fairy tale adaptation. Besides, Maleficent is one of the most badass Disney villains to have ever been created. If anyone deserves a standalone movie, it’s definitely her.
Maleficent is scheduled for a May 30, 2014 release date.