I am super excited to see this movie. Villains have always been some of my favorite characters, so having an entire movie dedicated to one of Disney’s most notorious villains practically has me dying in anticipation.
As of right now, this is the only trailer out for Maleficent, and the synopsis reads like this:
Maleficent is the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the 1959 classic Sleeping Beauty. 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.
I do admit that it’s been quite a while since I’ve actually watched Sleeping Beauty, but if I remember correctly, Maleficent’s driving motivation to kill our protagonist in the original film came about because she wasn’t invited to a christening. So I can only hope that this movie will develop her character a lot more—and I will be highly disappointed if it does not. It certainly looks like it will have no problem in this regard, and considering the original, it probably won’t be that hard.
However, though I was initially excited when I heard about this film, there was one thing that I immediately didn’t like: the animation—or lack thereof, rather. I’m not saying that the animation and CGI in this trailer isn’t beautiful, because it is, but I had almost hoped that the movie would have had the same animation as Disney’s original 1959 Sleeping Beauty. Or at the very least, something similar.
Maleficent doesn’t look to be set in the exact same universe as that film, like I first thought, even if it appears to play off it heavily, so I suppose I’ll just have to deal with it. And considering Maleficent’s driving motivation in the 1959 film, I don’t think I’d want it to be set in the exact same world either. Regardless, I certainly look forward to this movie.