Donald Clarke

Whingeing about cinema and real life since 2009

Trailer for Maleficent

Angelina Jolie is evil in a sideways take on Sleeping Beauty

Tue, Jan 21, 2014, 21:54


Here’s an interesting phenomenon. Again and again, we see films released that are catching up with supposed crazes already someway towards becoming as old as the yo-yo or the hula hoop. You could argue that movies about fairy tales meet this description. If any film was to blame it was Disney’s Alice in Wonderland back in 2010. Obviously, this wasn’t strictly a fairy story — it’s an adaptation of a 19th century novel — but it was close enough to trigger near-copycats such as Snow White and the Huntsman, Mirror Mirror Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters and Jack the Giant Slayer.

YouTube Preview Image

Only the first of those movies was anything like a hit. As a result, Maleficent — starring Angelina Jolie as the witch that buggered up Sleeping Beauty’s life — ends up already looking just a bit old. This stuff? Still?

Never mind. It’s a pretty enough trailer. It looks as if the folk at Disney are (and why wouldn’t they?) paying tribute their own fine animated version of Sleeping Beauty from 1959. Just look at that headdress for starters. Robert Stromberg, special effects wiz, makes his debut with the epic. We wish him all the best. Mind you, if it’s a hit, we’ll be saddled with another dozen of these things over the next three years.

Sign In

Forgot Password?

Sign Up

The name that will appear beside your comments.

Have an account? Sign In

Forgot Password?

Please enter your email address so we can send you a link to reset your password.

Sign In or Sign Up

Thank you

You should receive instructions for resetting your password. When you have reset your password, you can Sign In.

Hello, .

Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.

Thank you for registering. Please check your email for the activation code.

We reserve the right to remove any content at any time from this Community, including without limitation if it violates the Community Standards. We ask that you report content that you in good faith believe violates the above rules by clicking the Flag link next to the offending comment or by filling out this form. New comments are only accepted for 10 days from the date of publication.