BY Joanna Mendoza
“I know who you are, you’ve been watching over me my whole life,” says Aurora (Elle Fanning) as she’s walking in the woods. “Don’t be afraid.”
“I am not afraid,” answers a shadow.
“Then come out,” coaxes Aurora.
“Then you’ll be afraid,” counters Maleficent, in a menacing and deliciously evil manner that only Angelina Jolie can pull off. (Okay, maybe not.)
In the first trailer for Maleficent, we see Aurora walking in the woods, urging her lifelong shadow to finally face her. While she’s walking and doing her best to coax Maleficent out, we see glimpses of the cursed princess’s life — a toddler Aurora (Vivienne Jolie-Pitt) running through a meadow, a teen Aurora high-fiving a fairy in a forest full of spindles. But the most important teases? That silhouette, those horns, those eyes, that laugh. Jolie is perfect for this role. Watch the trailer below.
The trailer was only a minute and about 20 seconds long, but did you find yourself cheering for the lead character villainess instead of rooting for Aurora, as Disney’s production head Sean Bailey said you might do? Did the trailer make you feel guilty for hating Maleficent all these years?
For me, no and no. But based on this sneak peek, the movie promises to be quite a 2014 event. It’s not something I’d take my under-the-age-of-5 kids to see, but it’s definitely a re-imagined (or revamped or re-told or remade or reboot… aah Hollywood terminology) Disney fairy tale I’d like to see. Hopefully, it won’t be disappointing the way Snow White and the Huntsman, Red Riding Hood, and Alice in Wonderland were. (That’s a pretty disturbing trend right there…)
Here is the official synopsis for Maleficent, directed by Robert Stromberg, and starring Jolie, Fanning, Sharlto Copley, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Miranda Richardson, Juno Temple, and Lesley Manville.
“A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable 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’s true happiness as well.”
It’s unfair to ask given that we’ve only seen Jolie’s wicked witch in a minute-long trailer so far, but we have to ask:
Maleficent, distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International through Columbia Pictures, will open in Philippine cinemas on May 30, 2014.