In case you missed it, here is the trailer for Maleficent:
What do we learn from this trailer?
1. Maleficent lives in a world where Middle Earth meets fairy tales – including an army of Ents.
This will also probably set up a man vs. anthropomorphized nature paradigm.
2. King Stephen, instead of being a worried father and cartoonish fellow, will be a warrior with a dark side, and will do something that makes Maleficent really, really angry.
Perhaps, Stefan turns evil because he too decided not to destroy the One Ring.
3. There appears a warm connection between Aurora and Maleficent from Aurora’s childhood, something that turns to fear later.
4. Maleficent had wings, but somehow lost them – and apparently Stefan was part of the problem.
5. Angelina Jolie looks super cool as Maleficent, and does an excellent job both physically and vocally taking on the intimidating and impressive performance from the original cartoon.
6. And there’s a dragon!
The main question remains: Will it be good?
Based on the trailer, there is a firm chance. Hopefully, the filmmakers have learned from Alice In Wonderland and Snow White and the Huntsman. Both films had good moments, and great potential, but got lost in all the shininess and CG imagery. Instead of telling a story, they ran through a few tropes, a few non-sensical plot shifts, and came to a rather messy, confusing, and generic end.
I am hoping this will be a good movie, because it is a modernized fairy tale with a female lead over 30. Whether villain or not, that alone is something to celebrate.
- What do you think?
- Are you excited, ‘cautiously optimistic’, or concerned?
- What movie are you most excited about coming out this summer?
- If you could hang out with a single Disney villain for a day, who would you choose and why? (This excludes other franchises under Disney’s umbrella – Marvel, Star Wars, etc.)
Other Thoughts On The Trailer:
- Sleeping Beauty and Maleficent from Geoff Coupe’s Blog
- Maleficent Full Length Trailer from Time Split Twins
- You Know The Tale Now Find Out The Truth – Maleficent from China Bambi
- Maleficent International Trailer Is All The Fantasy Feels from The Daily Geekette
- Trailer Wednesday: Maleficent from Love Pirate Blog
- And a note from the composer whose music was used in one of the trailers.