If the world heard about a movie containing an evil, dark fairy, castles, armies, magical forest creatures, and even a dragon, all of geekdom would potentially explode with sheer excitement. Luckily for all of those fantasy fans, that movie is soon to hit theaters, albeit from a studio most would not believe.
Disney’s Maleficent is scheduled to hit theaters on May 30, and, if the new trailer is any indication of the epicness of said movie, the wait may be too much to handle.
We all know the original story of Maleficent as portrayed by the 1959 Disney classic, Sleeping Beauty.The “Mistress of All Evil” shows up for the christening of the king’s daughter, Aurora, and expresses her displeasure of not being invited by cursing Aurora to prick her finger on a spinning wheel after he 16th birthday and die.
What we don’t learn in the original Disney classic, however, is why Maleficent is so upset. Surely the lack of an invitation to a christening is not enough to cause one to want to kill a child? Also, why is Maleficent the only fairy in the movie to not have wings?
In a trailer released today, audiences learn that Maleficent did indeed once have wings – that is, until they were stolen from her. Why they were stolen is not answered in the trailer, but one could make a properly educated guess that the source of removal is a main motivating factor for Maleficent’s actions.
While the scenes of Maleficent flying are visually breathtaking, filming them was no easy task, according to Jolie: “You’re almost like a puppet with all these people moving (beneath you). When you go to the left or the right all of you have to move together. It’s a big dance with a lot of people.”
Actually flying may have been a difficult feat to achieve, but Jolie hated the preparation to get to that point even more: “She [Jolie’s trainer] made me do yoga. And I have no patience for yoga. It’s not something I do easily, because I’m not a still person. But I was forced to do yoga because (to fly) you have to have your core strength to be able to hold yourself.”
Despite the difficulty to make the new vision of Maleficent come to life, Jolie believes the pay-off will be more than worthwhile:
“She has a darkness. And how do you make a film about someone who curses a baby and make them relatable? It’s like the worst thing you could possibly do! But I think the script that Linda [Woolverton (‘The Lion King’)] wrote, has quite a deep understanding… The exercise wasn’t how can we have fun with a villain? It was: what turns people evil and vile and aggressive and cruel. What could have possibly happened to her that would get her to that moment in the christening? She wasn’t invited, so she’s pissed off?”
Maleficent, coming to theaters May 30, seeks to answer these 55-year-old questions and more.
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