(I know I'm probably the last one to post it, but in my defense I was making the above graphic)
It's finally here. The long awaited first trailer for Disney's Maleficent. People are really excited for this one, especially for one awesome reason - Angelina Jolie. Not only was she absent from the big screen for a while now, but it's pretty damn rare that someone is literally the only right choice for a certain character. And there is no one in the world more perfect for the role of evil witch Maleficent than Jolie.
I like plenty of things in the trailer - the pacing is fantastic and it really builds up the excitement for Maleficent to appear. The music is great, Angelina looks amazing and her laugh in the end of the trailer is fantastic (though so was Charlize's in the end of SWATH teaser...). The scene in which she is conjuring a forest of vines is quite epic - I'm sure they are still working on CGI but it already looks like something that is going to be cool and - I can't believe I'm writing those words - and even cooler in 3D.
The big red flag is the film's first time director Robert Stromber. He was responsible for production design in Avatar, Alice in Wonderland and Oz: The Great and Powerful. I fucking hate this guy's style. The ridiculous flying fairies - here it looks like a mermaid or other cutesy crap like that - the overwhelming blue color, golden saturation on people, the bright fuchsia spots - it all looks so fake, so in you face and so, so tacky. Thank God there appear to be normal shots here - like fantastic dark look of the castle when Maleficent is arriving, no doubt, during Aurora's christening or the vines rising.
But if I had to sit though another movie where blue is so blue it goes from being my favorite color to me wanting to punch the wall and retarded creatures flying towards me in 3D because someone thought it will be adorable I'm knocking the whole point from this. Let's hope they'll tone it down.
The film stars Elle Fanning as Aurora and hopefully Fanning's natural charisma will infuse Aurora with actual...personality. She has gotta be the blandest of Disney princesses. Maleficent has quite the cast - Juno Temple, Leslie Manville, Imelda Staunton, Miranda Richardson, Peter Capaldi, Sam Riley and Sharlto Copley
Here's the official synopsis: from Disney comes “Maleficent”—the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the 1959 classic “Sleeping Beauty.” A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. Maleficent rises to be the land’s fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers a ruthless betrayal—an act that begins to turn her pure heart to stone. Bent on revenge, Maleficent faces an epic battle with the invading king’s successor and, as a result, places a curse upon his newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Maleficent realizes that Aurora holds the key to peace in the kingdom—and perhaps to Maleficent’s true happiness as well.
Maleficent opens on May 30th 2014