Angelina Jolie's Reign Of Fear Boners Continues In The New 'Maleficent' Trailer
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Angelina Jolie's Reign Of Fear Boners Continues In The New 'Maleficent' Trailer

By Joanna Robinson | Trailers | November 13, 2013 | Comments ()

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The first two-thirds of this trailer are extremely disappointing. No offense to the younger Fanning (who has been so lovely in so many things) but her clumsy (English? I guess?) accent is like nails on the chalkboard of my soul. Between that and the rampant CGI it looks like we’re gearing up for a big screen version of ABC’s Once Upon A Time. Ah, but we’re not here for Aurora or her sparkling companions. We’re here for Angelina’s terrifyingly sexy Maleficent. She doesn’t disappoint. Here she is, purring out of the shadows at you at around the 50 second mark.

I still wish (and this might be very “get off my lawn” of me) for a return to the darker stories of my youth. Wouldn’t you rather see Angelina and her horns in the context of a Labyrinth or even Legend? This glossy, too smooth thicket of thorns ain’t got nothing on the puppetry and gloom of the 80s. All the same, Jolie is undoubtedly going to own the stuffing out of this role. Who needs a dragon when you have her sneer?

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  • Meli_V

    From what we see and hear of Jolie as Maleficent (my favorite villain) I feel excited and want more; however the rest of the trailer didn't do much. I know it's a teaser, but damn, those thorns aren't helping.

  • Tinkerville

    But where are Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather?! If we don't get a cake baking scene, I'm going to revolt.

  • Brian Martin

    Preferred nomenclature: "fearection"

  • foolsage

    This looks quite enjoyable, but I do hope we spend a lot more time with Maleficent than with Aurora and Philip.

    Frankly, this is the kind of movie I'd love to see Guillermo del Toro handling, in the vein of "Pan's Labyrinth".

  • Pants-are-a-must

    The thorns in this trailer are what all the CGI people on the Marvel team do when they get totally drunk and decide to play with their computers for about ten minutes.

  • DarthBrookes

    That accent reminds me of the creepy English kids (and the imitation of them by the children of Springfield) in The Bloodening featured in that old episode of The Simpsons.

    "...Now you're thinking, 'I hope that's shepherd's pie in my knickers.'"

  • grr arrgh

    Does anyone know what the music from the trailer was? It sounded like Dark Knight Rises or Inception...something by Hans Zimmer. It's gonna bug me til I know which.

  • Torgo


  • grr arrgh

    *slow clap* Well done, sir. Well done.

  • Pants-are-a-must

    Somewhere between Zimmer and Daft Punk circa Tron:Legacy, I think.

  • grr arrgh

    That's a pretty good description of it. I wonder if they just took some of Zimmer's music and added some synthesizers to it.

  • kdm

    Her deliciously evil voice gave me Cumberbatch-lite shivers. Bonus points for an excellent maniacal laugh.

    Hopefully there won't be TOO much focus on the (atrociously accented) princess though, I mean the damn title is Maleficent...right? Right??

    While nothing will be as creepy as 80's kids movies (Dark Crystal haunts me), here's hoping this one at least manages to look more like Pan's Labyrinth than Once Upon A Time.

  • $3647259

    Loved the laughter, too. Also, the way she says: "Then *you'll* be affraid".

  • BWeaves

    Well, at least they got the type of spinning wheel right. It's a great wheel that has the pointed spindle like that.

    When I demonstrate spinning on a flax wheel, someone always asks how Sleeping Beauty pricked her finger, and you can't prick your finger on a flax wheel, because it doesn't have that pointed spindle.

  • blasterion

    I agree. After Alice in Wonderland, Once Upon a Time and Oz the Great and Powerful I am absolutely sick and tired of that glossy, shiny and incredibly artificial CGI-look. Very disappointing.

  • You're right. I feel like there should be more razor-sharp teeth to this, but I'm not getting any.

  • NynjaSquirrel

    OMG - that accent. It's like 'South Park Does English'. If you want someone to play an English girl, get an English girl - there are plenty of good actors who won't make my ears bleed through the whole movie. The inflections and cadence are just...wait... someone call an ambulance.

  • Maya

    What's weird is that Elle Fanning already played a British character in a film called Ginger & Rosa and she sounded (to my American ears) pretty authentic. So maybe she just didn't feel like making an effort this time? Who knows.

  • foolsage

    Wait, was "Sleeping Beauty" set in England? Here I was thinking it was set in a generic fantasy realm. :D

    Which is to say, the accent would bother me if it didn't fit the setting, but I don't think that's the case.

  • Yeah. An inauthentic English accent is what's going to destroy the credibility of a movie with fairies, magic, and (::fingers crossed::) a dragon.

    You're fighting the most important fight of all, NynjaSquirrel.

  • NynjaSquirrel

    Fantasy's one thing, but when an actress spends all her time and effort trying to say the lines, rather than trying to deliver them with feeling - it falls flat.

  • Nat

    Generally an inability to deliver dialogue as desired is a symptom of a greater problem. True there was little to work off of in the trailer, but maybe they just got lazy with the casting, which makes me fear for the rest of this. Why does everything need an English accent anyway? Maybe they wanted yet another way of making Jolie stand out as goddamn spectacular? Anyway, I hear what you're saying.

  • Yes! Yes! Keep making your point based off of :17 of dialogue! YOU'RE GOING TO WIN THIS DISAGREEMENT!

  • bbmcrae're losing the "Don't come off crazy and obsessed" argument here.

  • NynjaSquirrel

    I've no idea why you've got such a hard-on for me but I'm flattered by the attention - nor do I understand why you're defending the trailer so hard. Either way, it makes no difference to the fact that accent was utterly laughable.

  • If she DOESN'T transform in to a dragon, complete with proclamation of "Now you shall deal with me, and all the powers of HELL!" than this is just a huge failure.

  • bastich

    Could she change into her golden naked "Beowulf's Mom" form instead?

    I'm asking this for the children...yeah, that's it....

  • DarthBrookes

    *Grendel's Mom. Or that movie just got a whole lot weirder.

  • bastich

    Sorry, I meant to say "Beowulf's Mom from the movie 'Grendel' ".

    (I don't have time to fact-check my comments! This crack ain't gonna smoke itself, you know....)

  • Jim

    Rob? That you?

  • $3647259

    It's Grendel's mom and the movie is called Beowulf -- and yes, I'd love to be seduced by it (the demon Jolie/Grendel's mom in her human form).

  • Berry

    It's still not Beowulf's mom, but Grendel's. ;) At least if the movie goes by the poem at all, which it might not, I haven't seen it.

  • AvaLehra

    Maleficent has always been my favorite villain. Angie just solidifies this love even more.

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    She had style, a gorgeous headpiece and, oh yeah...she can turn into a motherfuckin' dragon.

    Maleficent is the best!

  • Sassy Pikachu

    Scar would be no. 1 for me. But Maleficent was a close second.

  • Pants-are-a-must

    Word. Maleficent was my favorite Disney character, growing up.

  • foolsage

    Maleficent made evil so damned sexy. Fuck those meddling fairies.

  • Pants-are-a-must

    To be fair, I've always enjoyed Merryweather's bitchiness, but Maleficent trumps them all.

  • foolsage

    Oh, don't get me wrong, the fairies are good characters, and I enjoyed e.g. the scene where they fight to color the dress magically. I just identified a hell of a lot more with Maleficent growing up. Those fairies were a pain in her ass. I wanted them to fail. Sigh.

  • $3647259

    My favourite has always been Snow White's stepmother.

    I was really disappointed by Charlize Theron's take on the character though -- her shrieking in "Snow White and the Huntsman" actually gave me a headache. Why she had to yell almost every single one of her lines I'll never know.

  • foolsage

    I know it's not a popular opinion in these parts, but I feel that "Once Upon a Time" handles that character very well, indeed. Regina Mills is wonderful, IMO, and provides a very plausible and sympathetic take on the Evil Queen.

  • Twillahiss

    I have to agree, she's really done a wonderful job with this part and Regina is one of the few characters that's been allowed to show any development. And her outfits are fab.

  • Tinkerville

    Hell to the yes. I'm crossing my fingers for a Malificent/Aurora flashback down the line since she's the only main princess that we haven't gotten a backstory episode for yet.

  • bastich

    Have you read Neil Gaiman's short story "Snow, Glass, Apples"? It's a nifty alternative version of the story from the stepmother's point of view.

  • I looooved that story. It took a darker route without going cliche as so many darker takes are wont to do. It's pretty genius to encapsulate a fantasy story in a short format because it just allows you to experience certain details and touches without being drowned in clunky contextual exposition.

  • emmalita

    *adds a new book to my 'to read' list.*

  • $3647259

    No -- I didn't even know about its existence so thank you very much for the tip. I'm definitely going to check it out.

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