Maleficent tries to do for Sleeping Beauty what Wicked did for The Wizard of Oz. It strives to take a villain and reexamine her life, giving us context and an explanation for her actions and making us question our preconceptions. Yet it lacks the grace and power of Wicked. Maleficent is occasionally shockingly old-fashioned, it has a mediocre script and an inconsistent tone, and it trades one shallow villain for another while leaving few of the characters with any depth. Yet Maleficent shines in spite of all that, defying expectations and rising above the things that might hold it back. It’s truly more than the sum of its parts, and it owes any success it finds to its two charismatic lead actresses.
Welcome to “Trailer Tuesday” where I talk about trailers for upcoming movies, since I’ve always found them to be fascinating.
A while back I featured the first trailer for Disney’s Maleficent, a new take on the story of Sleeping Beauty starring Angelina Jolie as the titular villain and Elle Fanning as Princess Aurora. Now we’ve got a new trailer that gives us a better look at the film. Take a look, and read on for my comments: