BY Joanna Mendoza
I’ve never been a fan of Angelina Jolie. When she rose to international prominence in the late ’90s, I thought her being “dark” was too gimmicky. It could’ve been just an expression of her art, creativity, and individuality, but for me, if the art is good, the artist doesn’t need to be too loud or too out-there. If the art is good, it should speak for itself.
But when I heard about Jolie being cast as the title character in Disney’s Maleficent, I thought it was genius. After all, the only thing that people seem to have appreciated about Snow White and the Huntsman was Charlize Theron‘s evil queen. Beautiful Hollywood women of a certain age playing bad, yes, but no doubt empowered, iconic women from my childhood? Count me in.
Plus, Jolie being one of the most polarizing figures in Hollywood, her playing a popular villainnes whom audiences might find themselves rooting for (as how production chief Sean Bailey has described the character) is just too good to resist. And then there’s her scene with real-life daughter Vivienne as young Aurora. Who wouldn’t want to see that?
Even though Jolie as Maleficent unintentionally scared kids who visited the set, it’s a dream-come-true gig for her. “Since I was a little girl, Maleficent was always my favorite,” said Jolie at the D23 fan convention in California in August. “I was terrified of her, but I was so drawn to her. I wanted to know more about her, know what she was like and who she was. She had this elegance and grace, and yet she was so cruel. Just wonderfully and deliciously cruel.”
Just how deliciously cruel does Jolie’s Maleficent look? Check out the newly released poster by Disney and compare it with the Maleficent you remember from your childhood. If that doesn’t satisfy your curiosity, worry not, for you only have a few hours to wait until the first official trailer is released.
Maleficent, distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International through Columbia Pictures, will open in Philippine cinemas on May 30, 2014.