Disney, which has become an even larger mega company with the purchase of LucasFilm and Marvel, seems to have an urge to reinvigorate the Disney Princess genre. Cinderella premieres in 2015, and Maleficent will greet theaters this summer. Not to mention, of course, the Once Upon a Time series and potential spin-offs. I, for one, am thrilled. As a 90s child, I grew up with Belle, Ariel, and Jasmine, as well as the classic princesses Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, and Cinderella. I’m ecstatic to see these modern, live action, reincarnations.
Maleficent (2014) stars Angelina Jolie in the titular role. This time around, we see the story from the perspective of the “evil witch”. What made her evil? Why does she curse Aurora? What the hell is up with those freaky horns? I’m intrigued by the trailer, although I don’t love the choice to cast Elle Fanning as Aurora. She still looks so young and in my mind Aurora is a little more mature. But I love Elle, and she’s breathtakingly beautiful, so maybe she can make it work. Jolie, on the other hand, seems born to play the role. We know she can act, and I’m eager to see her play a villain (even if she’s technically the heroine of her own story here). Visually, however, she IS Maleficent.
Intrigued? Check out the trailer here!
What do you think? Worth a shot?