Over the past couple years we’ve been getting quite a number of live-action fairy tales movies such as Red Riding Hood (Little Red Riding Hood), Jack the Giant Slayer (Jack and the Beanstalk), Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (Hansel and Gretel) and Alice in Wonderland(Alice Adventures in Wonderland). Not all were hits but they definitely started a trend and continuing that trend is no other than Disney’s upcoming re-tell on Sleeping Beauty, re-told from the point of view of Maleficent. Known as Mistress of all Evil, Maleficent is Disney’s most iconic villain and in the upcoming movie we finally find out what led her to curse Princess Aurora.
As beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in peaceful forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. Maleficent rises to be the land’s fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers a ruthless betrayal – an act that begins to turn her pure heart to stone. Bent on revenge, Maleficent faces an epic battle with the invading king’s successor and as a result places a curse upon his newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Maleficent realizes that Aurora holds the key to peace in the kingdom – and perhaps to Maleficent true happiness as well.
The movie stars Angelina Jolie as Maleficent, Elle Fanning playing Princess Aurora, along with Juno Temple, Brenton Thwaites and Shartlo Copley. Toddler Princess Aurora is played by Vivienne Jolie-Pitt. All actor in Maleficent where chosen because of their uncanny resemblance to their respectful characters
Tim Burton, David Yates and David O. Russell where all rumored to be directing but the job went to Oscar winner Robert Stromberg. This is Stomberg directorial debut, he’s known for his visual effects and production design on movies like Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End(2007), The Hunger Games(2012) and Pan’s Labyrinth(2006). Linda Woolverton wrote the screenplay, she’s also the screenwriter of Alice in Wonderland, The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast. With a budget around $160 million and big names on screen and behind the camera Maleficent is not a movie to be missed this summer.
Grab a friend and mark the date for May 30th, but before, check out the trailer and comment what you think off it.
-Have a good one.