Maleficent, a new film starring Angelina Jolie, won’t hit theaters until May of 2014, but it’s creating quite a buzz four months shy of its premiere. Part of the talk is about how positively terrifying Jolie is in her role as the Mistress of All Evil. The live action reboot of Disney’s 1959 version of Sleeping Beauty, Maleficent also stars Elle Fanning as Princess Aurora, the object of Jolie’s evil.
The new trailer features Angelina Jolie appearing on scene following Princess Aurora’s receipt of the gift of beauty from a fairy.
“I, too, shall bestow a gift upon the child,” she tells the king. Instead of a gift, however, she bestows a curse upon Princess Aurora.
Maleficent is the story of Sleeping Beauty told from the point of view of the “wicked witch.” It helps explain why the villainess has such a wicked heart.
Some parents are no doubt wondering since seeing this new trailer if Maleficent is appropriate for for viewing by small children. Jolie truly is terrifying–enough so to give adults–let alone small children–horrible nightmares after seeing a whole film’s worth of her horrifying faces and antics on the big screen.
Elle Fanning, on the other hand, is exquisitely beautiful and filled with sweetness as she tries to coax the real story of her miserable life from Maleficent
“You’ve been watching over me my whole life. I know you’re there,” she says to Angelina Jolie’s character. “Your shadow, it’s been following me ever since I was small. Don’t be afraid.”
“I am not afraid,” Jolie says to her.
Angelina Jolie might not be afraid, but fans seeing this film might be. Do you think this is the kind of Sleeping Beauty tale you’d take your little girl to see? It seems far more like a horror flick than a princess movie.
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