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?