“Maleficent” Promo Pics

Posted on March 14, 2014

We’re not entirely sure, based on the trailers, that this isn’t going to be too goofy to enjoy but one thing cannot be denied: it certainly all looks gorgeous, doesn’t it?

 

 

 

That costume is stunning. And she was born to play this role. But we don’t know… the trailers make it look too much like that Kristen Stewart “Snow White” joint – and that was pretty damn goofy in the end. Granted, there were a TON of people who snorted at the idea of K Stew playing Snow White, but as far as we know, the entire world said “Oh, of course,” when Angelina landed this role.

Discussion point: What is it about the time we live in that we’re so enthralled by fairy tales again?

 

 

[Photo Credit: Walt Disney]

    • @Biting Panda

      I can’t. It’s all too spectacular.

    • Dandesun

      The thing that troubles me is that idea that Maleficent’s going to get a ‘troubled past’ backstory where she’s ‘betrayed’ and goes to the bad to protect something or whatever. Maleficent’s bad. Bad to the bone. I like her that way. I don’t want to see an environmental warrior/protector of the swamp getting revenge on the King for being a douche or whatever. I have loved seeing Maleficent being wicked and bitchy and fabulous… but I don’t have a lot of interest in ‘Maleficent: She’s So Misunderstood.’

      She’s really not. That’s what makes her so fucking awesome.

      • http://Reneesance.etsy.com Reneesance

        This! She’s deliciously evil and revels in it. She and Ursula are my two favorite Disney bad girls hands down. I don’t want a sob story about how they’ve been “misunderstood”

        • http://www.youtube.com/user/TheOctocornNetwork International Model

          …I have a killer idea for Ursula’s origin that has nothing to do with being misunderstood and everything to do with trying to get everything she wanted…

          Also, Lady Tremaine. Women like that don’t have a sob story, they have charisma, bitch face for days, and vagina hats.

          • Dandesun

            And epically poor choices in minions.

            • http://www.youtube.com/user/TheOctocornNetwork International Model

              Flotsam & Jetson or Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dum?

            • kimmeister

              Maleficent’s minions look exactly like Gamorrean guards (Jabba the Hutt’s guards, one of which was eaten by the rancor).

              [/nerd reference]

          • Kristin McNamara

            Wait, so you have to tell us your idea?!

            • http://www.youtube.com/user/TheOctocornNetwork International Model

              Soon…

          • MK03

            Lady Tremaine is sorely underrated. Just because she’s not magical doesn’t make her any less scary. In fact, I think it makes her even more terrifying. She’s not a sorceress, she’s just a straight-up evil bitch.

            • http://www.youtube.com/user/TheOctocornNetwork International Model

              This is why I love her.

            • MK03

              And voiced by the same actress! Eleanor Audley had such a great voice.

            • Anne

              I agree! Lady Tremaine is the scariest because she could be real.

      • http://www.youtube.com/user/TheOctocornNetwork International Model

        Dande’s very passionate about this. To the point where I want to see this movie with her. (BTW, will be texting you to see if you want to see this together. I’m up for a road trip.)

      • crowgirl

        Exactly! This was the exact issue I had with the Tank Girl movie, too. Just let her be a straight-up badass!

        • Micaela Cannon

          TANK GIRL<3333 i know that didn't really add anything to the dialogue, but TANK GIRL!!!!

      • fursa_saida

        Yeah, I’m torn between being massively excited and terrified. I LOVED Maleficent growing up, and I agree the Jolie is completely perfect for her, and I’m pumped to get more of her–but if they screw it up, it will be absolute torture for me. I’m going to have to go with someone very tolerant who will be able to put up with either lots of contemptuous snorting or, like, ecstatic weeping.

      • ushoda

        Agree, but please have in mind that the reason why she’s so evil is the dumbest reason ever… EVER! so, you can keep thinking that she was always evil and “the reason” just was “the final nail in the camel’s back” (#snl, #MorningLatte, #CheriOteri).

        btw, i would love to see a movie with angelina jolie and charlize theron as the evil bitches of all times killin snow withe… yeah, just snow white, i have no problem with elle fanning xD

      • KSpence

        This is the best thread ever.

      • StelledelMare

        Thank you so much for this. One thing I love about Maleficent so much is that she always was just evil just for the sake of being evil and it was fabulous.

      • Miranda Reseigh

        I read a great explanation as to why Maleficent was soooo insulted at not being invited to Aurora’s christening. It was all medieval etiquette stuff. It doesn’t justify the curse on the baby, though. I agree that she’s a much more interesting character as a villain. I like twisted fairy tales with the best of them, but I don’t like this “poor misunderstood villain” trend. If we want fairy tales lets have fairy tales! I vote for the Firebird. Talk about a chance for fabulous production design.

      • Citagaze

        So, I get that…I definitely understand enjoying an evil character that’s evil and relishes in it. It’s why I like Aaron in “Titus Andronicus” so much: he literally gives a bad-ass speech about how he loves ruining people’s lives. He’s evil to the core and love every second of it.

        But even in the original story, the french one (not the very first one, the italian one, which is super weird with the prince having sex with an unconscious woman and impregnating her) the “evil fairy” that lays the curse does so because she wasn’t invited to the new baby princess’ birthday celebration. So even then, revenge for being slighted and overlooked was the motivation…but I agree: I’d rather see her just be evil than be “misunderstood.”

        Of course, If they go the Beatrix Kiddo “The Bride” Kill Bill route of revenge…I’m perfectly okay with that. :)

        • http://inappropriatejobpostings.blogspot.com/ fuflans

          is the italian ‘il pentamerone’? and if so, which story? (i made it thru about 1/2 of basile last year…)

      • Carleenml

        Dandesun, that is about the greatest thing I’ve read all week. cheers!

    • hughman

      Oh jesus, Horn Hats are going to be a “thing” now aren’t they?

      *sighs, glues antlers to some old fedora*

      • BackseatDriver

        Maybe, but that little crow skull ring is now going to be even more everywhere than it already is. Etsy rejoices.

        • snarkykitten

          I guess put a bird on it is entering its goth stage.

          • formerlyAnon

            I truly did laugh out loud.

            I hate those damn hipster birds on everything. And am simultaneously completely baffled to see the appeal.

      • GorgeousThings

        Maybe the sequel will be “Maleficent and the Yellow King”. Antlers all around!

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          And they’ll lock horns, natch!

        • MoHub

          With a little Tim the Enchanter thrown in?

      • MemHey

        Brilliant lol-inducing image. Thank you! You brighten my day!

    • Anna

      The Fierce is strong with Maleficent, that is some badass costume porn.

    • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ Alicia

      Well aren’t these just the pics to launch a thousand con cosplays?

    • MilaXX

      I’m think depressing times = wanting to live in fantasy world’s with evil witches and good queens.

      • fursa_saida

        It gets tricky (and very interesting) because fairy tales aren’t nearly so comfortingly cut and dry in their earlier forms. I actually got hopping mad when I first saw the trailer and I saw all the nice glittery fairies flying through the grass, because I have some kind of eternal rage trigger about how the Victorians ruined fairy tales by making them sweet and homey and…well, what we would now think of as childish. So I agree that for the Victorian/Disney version of fairy tales, troubled times –> escapism, especially when that escapism brings with it very black and white morals and goals, easy answers and the comforting certainty that everything will turn out the way it should.

        On the other hand, if you look at earlier, grimmer versions/kinds of tales (and some media is doing this too), what you find is that huge amounts of real life are in there. Not in the sense that they’re realistic; in the sense that a lot of the meaning or experience of life, the struggles, is represented in these somewhat fantastic and allegorical forms. I mean, there is some really terrible stuff going on in the earlier stories–rape, murder, serial murder, cannibalism, mutilation, on and on; but it’s not there as spectacle, it’s there because it’s representing something true, whether that’s real-life violence or just the emotional and experiential violence of being alive. Fairy tales and science fiction have a lot in common, in that they help us to reflect on the extreme aspects of life and human nature in a way that’s digestible by abstracting and distancing them. Both genres are very popular these days. (Or even look at Welcome to Night Vale, the #1 podcast in America, which is a darkish fantasy overlaid with very mundane daily life, and does a really, really good job of talking about existential despair in the face of an impossible, uncontrollable world ruled by government and corporate power as well as random disaster, and making the case for why one shouldn’t despair at all. All this in a fictional town with an interdimensional subway, a radio station run by vaguely tentacled overlords, and a tiny city under the bowling alley.)

        So in either case, the argument for “troubled times” makes sense; it just depends whether what we’re looking for is escapist comfort or some kind of emotionally true reflection of what’s troubled about these times. Which in turn depends on the viewer and the particular adaptation. Both are valid, though I think it’s obvious I’m personally much more attached to the latter.

        • fursa_saida

          OH. I knew there was something I was forgetting. Guillermo del Toro once said: “Much like fairy tales, there are two facets of horror. One is pro-institution [...]: Don’t wander into the woods, and always obey your parents. The other type of fairy tale is completely anarchic and antiestablishment.” For me, the pro-institution kind is the more Disneyfied, comfortingly escapist kind, because it means ignoring problems in favor of stories that have been adapted to reflect and reinforce the status quo; the anarchic kind is the more archaic and violent kind, which is about exploring those problems and what it means to live with them, as they have been reflected in those stories all along–or as those stories can be reinterpreted to reflect them.

          (You can find the quote, which is from an article in Time called 10 Questions for Guillermo del Toro, either by googling up that article or just wikipedia-ing the man. I don’t want to put in a link and get stuck in moderation!)

        • filmcricket

          I have read somewhere, though, that many of the “original” stories as set down by the Grimm brothers and their ilk are actually a lot more violent and misogynistic than the oral tales they’re based on. So what we think of as the softening of fairy tales might actually be bringing them back closer to what they started out as, before a bunch of really screwed up men wrote them down. I don’t know how true that is, though.

          • Corsetmaker

            That sounds more like someone grinding an axe (appropriate metaphor for a fairy tale discussion). When you look at the old Celtic folklore tales, and other countries too, they’re generally pretty dark and unforgiving. I can’t believe that every oral folktale that was collected and written down from such varying sources was tampered with. More that harsh times mean harsh lessons have to be taught.

            • MoHub

              Which is why I’ve never forgiven Disney for what they did to The Little Mermaid.

            • mlle

              Disney’s Little Mermaid is a completely different story! It blew my mind when I stumbled upon the original at one of those Scholastic book fairs that probably no longer exist.

            • MoHub

              Andersen’s story describes palpable physical pain and has a tragic ending that had me in tears when I read it as a youngster. Disney, of course, had to “happy it up.”

            • fursa_saida

              It’s pretty amazing, isn’t it? Their version of Sleeping Beauty is fine by me, though. It has Maleficent and a distinct lack of rape.

          • fursa_saida

            Oh, I’m not talking just about Grimm. Most of those stories can be found in a lot of different forms–there are loads of versions of Little Red Riding Hood, for example. And there are plenty of stories I’d call fairy tales that aren’t necessarily tales in the traditional sense–any given story about the family up the road who had a changeling counts, for me. And I actually think fairy tales, as a genre, are far less misogynistic than we tend to think they are. Often, for every Bluebeard, you have a Fitcher’s Bird (which is like Bluebeard, except the last girl saves her sisters and burns the guy and all his friends alive). They are overwhelmingly about women, and they revolve around the life changes women go through far more than they do men’s experiences. What actually happens to the girls and women in these stories is very often very fucked up, but not always–and so, often, is being alive and female at the same time. (There’s a book about fairy tales and their women called “Spinning Straw Into Gold” that does a really wonderful riff on Sleeping Beauty and eating disorders.) There’s a reason fairy tales are thought of as girl stuff. They are about us.

          • fursa_saida

            Oh, I’m not talking just about Grimm. Most of those stories can be found in a lot of different forms–there are loads of versions of Little Red Riding Hood, for example. And there are plenty of stories I’d call fairy tales that aren’t necessarily tales in the traditional sense–any given story about the family up the road who had a changeling counts, for me. And I actually think fairy tales, as a genre, are far less misogynistic than we tend to think they are. Often, for every Bluebeard, you have a Fitcher’s Bird (which is like Bluebeard, except the last girl saves her sisters and burns the guy and all his friends alive). They are overwhelmingly about women, and they revolve around the life changes women go through far more than they do men’s experiences. What actually happens to the girls and women in these stories is very often very fucked up, but not always–and so, often, is being alive and female at the same time. (There’s a book about fairy tales and their women called “Spinning Straw Into Gold” that does a really wonderful riff on Sleeping Beauty and eating disorders.) There’s a reason fairy tales are thought of as girl stuff. They are about us.

        • MilaXX

          That’s kind of my point. What Hollywood is pushing out is escapism for troubled times. Fairy-tales as they were originally written were allegories and cautionary tales. I think part of why Disney was so popular back in the 50’s was because everything was white washed and made so cheery.

          • fursa_saida

            Sorry to reply so late, it’s just that it just now clicked for me why I think what I said is different from what you did (though I may be misinterpreting you, of course). I guess I define “escapism” as looking past the actual problems to something that’s comforting and lets us not think about them. The other kind of horror/sci-fi/fairy tale isn’t looking past those problems; it’s just finding another way to talk about them. But if you think of that as escapism too then we’re definitely on the same page.

    • http://www.youtube.com/user/TheOctocornNetwork International Model

      Never has a manicure been more featured since Funny Girl.

      • @Biting Panda

        Manicured hand to God, every time I see Bab’s hands, I have to painfully refrain from going and having acrylics put on. I was already coveting la Jolie’s elegant digits.

        • http://www.youtube.com/user/TheOctocornNetwork International Model

          Just keep telling yourself, “Must type comments…acrylics are the archenemy of typing…”

          • http://communionoflight.com/ Frank Butterfield

            HA!

        • nomoreprinces

          The amazing thing about that mani that they’re blood red on the flipside. You can see it just a moment in some of the other trailers. It’s utterly fabulous and very talon-like without being grotesque.

          • AnnaleighBelle

            Oh, I want!

      • BrooklynBomber

        Actually, if I remember correctly, Barbra Streisand’s Manicure was nominated for an Oscar for The Prince of Tides.

    • KingCrazy

      The problem is, this could have been AMAZING…instead, it all just seems kind of ho-hum.

    • jackiejormpjomp

      And Elle Fanning was born to play Aurora.

    • vitaminC

      Charlize Theron gave an amazing turn as the wicked queen in the otherwise awful Snow White retread, so why not Angie as Maleficent?

      • fursa_saida

        I wish I could airlift her character to a better movie. I adored her.

        • FrigidDiva

          Amen. They could have just made a movie about the Evil Queen and Chris Hemsworth’s Hunstman and I’d watch that for days,

    • crashtestbonnie

      Fairy tales at their heart are stories of underdogs overcoming insurmountable odds to win the macguffin and leaving the bad guys to get their just rewards. I think in this day and age, we can all use a little more of the kind of hope that inspires. Plus, technology is in a really good place to completely flesh out these fantastical worlds, so that probably has a hand in what’s getting pitched.

      • http://communionoflight.com/ Frank Butterfield

        Excellent use of the word “macguffin!” Might I also recommend “plot coupons?”

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

      I think part of the obsession with fairy tales now is because of Wicked’s success in the theatre. Everyone wants a part of that money. Really, did we have any of these fairy tale re-imaginings before Wicked was a hit?

      • http://communionoflight.com/ Frank Butterfield

        I was always surprised that Wicked was adapted into a musical theater piece first instead of a musical movie. It’s all Gregory Maguire’s fault.

    • Imasewsure

      She looks amazing but good thing her kids are older so they won’t become scared of Mommie!!
      As for the fairy tale thing, I think we are obsessed with fairy tales again because we want familiar and easy stories – especially remade ones with some sort of modernized twist so we can relive our childhoods and also feel like we are evolving (a Boomer must). I think we also like the simple good guy/bad guy thing – and thanks to a life time of Disney rewrites, we don’t have to deal with any ambiguity or unhappy endings since all of the nuances and shades of grey have been removed from fairy tales in general. Plus the simple romances… and the costumes!!

      • kimmeister

        I believe that’s her own daughter that plays the young sleeping beauty, because all other children were too scared of Jolie in her getup.

        • AnaRoW

          Yes she said even her other kids were afraid of her in her getup. Vivienne sort of won the role by default because they couldn’t find another 4 year old that wouldn’t run screaming from her.

          I’m sort of surprised that so many people have already decided this movie is bad based on a trailer and few pictures. At least I’m surprised to see that on this site.

          • FrigidDiva

            I’m thinking it’s because of that terrible KStew movie with Charlize Theron. Speaking for myself I can’t help but make a mental comparison. That being said, I’m giving this one the benefit of the doubt for the make up and costumes alone.

    • gayle

      I was on the fence at first but trailer they showed during the Grammys with Lana del Rey singing made it look a bit better. I think it is 50/50 right now about how this is going to turn out.

    • Evan

      I’m worried there’s going to be too much CGI.

      • formerlyAnon

        I have decided that egregious CGI is one of my new litmus tests: if I am so engaged that I can overlook the sins of CGI, it’s a good movie.

    • xmixiex

      These are just so goddamn stunning. Sleeping beauty has always been my favourite, and maleficent is my fave villain. I can’t wait.

    • snarkykitten

      The cheek implant make up thing makes me think of The Mask

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

        Will Maleficent have a catchphrase like, “SSSSSSSSSMOKIN’!”

      • understateddiva

        I kinda hate it. M’s issue with Sleeping Beauty is that she’s no longer the fairest in all the land. So why can’t Maleficient have A Jolie’s gorgeous face?

    • http://www.pinkraygun.com/ Lisa

      I think the fairy tale thing right now is a measure of how screwed we collectively feel as a people. It’s an outlet for an insecure society. We know that, in our real world, the big bad usually leverages his power to get away with whatever. But, fairy tales, despite being magical things, have an internal logic that doesn’t apply to reality. In fairy tales, the bad guy always pays. Fairy tales are everywhere because our bad guys never do.

      • blogless

        In the sanitized version of the fairy tales we read nowadays it’s true – but if you read them the way they were originally written the good guy doesn’t always win and life is not fair. That’s why I am a big fan of the Disney versions… ;)

    • littlestars

      I wonder if it’s only that with where CGI is at, we are now actually able to make fantastical worlds seem wholly realistic? Settings and characters that once would have seemed hokey on the big screen are now depicted in these very immersive ways. This would explain the proliferation of superhero/comic book movies as well…

      • fursa_saida

        That’s definitely one factor. I was watching the PBS series on superheroes a while back, and there were multiple people commenting that a Spider-man movie simply could not have been made anytime earlier than when the Tobey Maguire ones came out, because the tech just wasn’t there. You can fake Superman flying to some degree with just film tricks, but you can’t fake a guy swinging from skyscraper to skyscraper without computers.

      • CT14

        That’s why there are so many comic book movies, and LOTR, and all that jazz. We can finally make movies of this stuff that looks real.

        • Alloy Jane

          Yet sadly, those CGI companies that make such beautiful fantastical worlds come to life are tanking left and right.

    • NMMagpie

      Those cheek prosthetics are worthy of a photo shoot of their own. Fantastic.

    • GorgeousThings

      Fairy tales have always been an avenue to deal with our fears of the real world. And the real world is pretty f*cking scary these days.

    • MK03

      Blame the fairy tale revival on Tim Burton and his…Tim Burton-esque take on Alice In Wonderland. Desperate studio execs smelled money and collectively lost their shit.

    • MK03

      whyisshenotgreenMaleficentisgreenurgh

    • BlairBear

      those horns really balance out her cheekbones. She should consider keeping them.

    • KSpence

      “What is it about the time we live in that we’re so enthralled by fairy tales again?”

      Hmm. Backlash against the zombie apocalypse craze? I think we’re subconsciously starting to scare ourselves and have begun the retreat. Spengler probably said something about this in Decline of the West.

    • Stefanie Argudo Mackenzie

      Because they make more sense than what we live on a daily basis.

    • Belvane

      I love that Vivienne is little Aurora. This movie should be fabulous fun, revamped backstory or no.

      • mellbell

        Right? Though I don’t completely buy the story that they just had to cast her (allegedly the children who auditioned were all too afraid of Angelina in costume).

        • Alloy Jane

          My toddler nephew was afraid of a guy in an Aladdin costume at the Disney kitchen. It does not surprise me that toddlers would be terrified of a beast lady with horns and claws.

    • JynxTheCat

      the world is scarey and uncertain – fantasy always gets popular in frightening times. When things are peaceful we get deep hard dramatic movies.

    • JynxTheCat

      PERFECT. Cannot wait.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      She really is striking as Maleficent-I’ll probably check this out when it’s released. I’ve always been a sucker for the fairy tale/fantasy genre.

    • SweetJess MeanGreen

      I can’t wait to see this. Been waiting since I saw pap photos of her in costume. It’ll be forever till May 30.

    • Little_Olive

      I can’t shake the feeling/knowledge of this being *Angelina as Maleficent*. Granted, I’m not a fan of hers so maybe I’m biased, but I feel her “high priestess of the tough women” status overpowers the character.

    • StelledelMare

      Truthfully I don’t think there’s been a real resurgence of fairy tale love because I think because of Disney it never really went away (which I won’t complain about because I’m the biggest Disney geek). If you think about it, so many of the recent fairy tale incarnations have been connected to Disney anyway. I agree with others in thinking that our love of fairy tales in general, at least the Disney-fied versions, is a form of escapism (the fantasy genre is my favorite across the board alot for that very reason). But that could be said about books, movies, tv, music, etc. in general. All of these things are outlets that have a tendency to help us either get away from or just deal with our lives for a little while by focusing our attention on the lives and stories of these fictional characters.

      As for the movie, I’ve been excited about it for a long time. My first thoughts were also that it seems very much like Snow White and the Huntsman and that worries me because that movie greatly disappointed me. it looked great but that’s about all it had going for it. So I’m very concerned about that for this film. Hands down it’s going to be gorgeous. Time will only tell if it will be more but I’m definitely excited.

    • Therese Bohn

      There’s going to be a lot of Maleficent costumes this Halloween… I hope this will be good; it does look deliciously creepy.

    • rottenkitty

      Fairy tales are often at the core of many stories. (The re-telling of them, using the symbols in them, doing new iterations of them.) What’s seems to me to be different right now is how straight-forward traditional fantasy is being done now. We have multiple network TV shows with fantasy worlds treated as “real.” And on the cable channels there are several well-done fantasy series. (Also, fairy tales are public domain, so no pesky copyright issues to deal with.)

      And a lot of what’s popular often has to do with economic times and other uncertainties in life. In the 30s, in the midst of the Great Depression, there were loads of monster movies. Is it any surprise that zombies and other monsters became big during the Great Recession? (I’m not going to touch the sparkly vampire thing. Just no.) And also, superhero movies became insanely popular both in dark versions and in brighter more optimistic ways. And that shouldn’t be surprising either.

      Also, Jolie looks insanely great. Gorgeous and menacing. Can’t wait for this to come out.

    • Šima

      Oh TLo, THANK you for asking the question!

      Regarding the fairy tale rehashing…it seems to me that it’s pure laziness. People don’t want to risk creating something new, and they’re so excited about the technological possibilities/CGI that could be inserted into a fairy tale, that they seize on them as safe and reliably lucrative outlets for experimentation.

      OR they go the (frankly somewhat non-original at this point and also lazy) route of “reinterpreting” fairy tales (the princess is actually bold and not submissive! the villain has a backstory!”). While I get it that the dated messages in many ‘tales are problematic, for some reason it irks me that people would rather modernize them than deal with the inherent emotional tension involved in the originals (for example, the reasons the princess is passive, the true fear she feels; the weight of duty on the prince and his possible ambivalence towards his role, etc.). Those ways would also be, in my opinion, pretty powerful indictments of the antiquated gender roles in many fairy tales. I guess this is a long way of saying that this trend kind of annoys me, and come on guys, let’s make something NEW!

      • decormaven

        I’m just waiting for the Renaissance.

      • KinoEye

        The way they sugarcoat these fairy tales for kids never ceases to amuse me. They’re all incredibly dark, violent stories that usually reflect deep-seated fears and cultural issues. For example, Beauty and the Beast, my favorite: it’s a reflection of a woman’s fear when she’s trapped in a relationship/marriage with a violent, unpredictable man — but she’s still enamored with him. He feels guilt and regrets the way he is, but every time he tries to change, he’s pulled right back to square one. There’s one version from the 1940s that understands and interprets that subtext beautifully. She’s essentially sold into marriage after her merchant father loses all his goods and stumbles across the beast’s castle, and gives Belle in exchange for his life. The times a similar situation has played out in real life are too numerous to count. But in the Disney version, it turns into a message about inner beauty and change. An admirable message, but I think it completely misses the point.

    • quiltrx

      Fairy tales give us timeless themes in a fantasy setting. With so many more films being of the “gritty/realistic” sort now than they were in the Code era, I think fairy tales are an acceptable (in the general public’s minds) way to enjoy some escapism without having to deal with the stupidity of a modern rom-com or the like. Plus there’s the whole ‘fond memories from childhood’ angle.

    • A.E. Boredom Queen

      I love fairy tale retellings. I hope disney does a good job with this, and based purely on these photos its going to be. I actually liked the Snow White remake with Kristen Stewart, although Charlize Theron stole the movie as the evil queen. I can’t wait to see Maleficent on the big screen. Her costume is amazing, especially the cool horns and bird skull ring. I want both of those for myself, although I’d probably get weird looks at the grocery store if I went out wearing them. It’d be worth it.

      • LambeeBaby

        No one would mess with you if you got on the express line with more than 15 items.

    • RKaede1x1

      Someone needs to look into the Vietnamese version of Cinderella and make that into a movie. If they stayed true to the story it’d be one of the few rated R fairytales there are out there, and it would be wicked.

      • OffToSeeHim

        Come on, no teasing! Tell! :)

        • RKaede1x1

          Well Cinderella marrying the Prince was only the first half. Spoiler Alert, long story short, her stepmother and stepsister then killed her. Then Cinderella came back to life and tricked the stepsister to bathe in boiling water, which killed her. She then packaged her remains as food and sent them to the step mom. The stepmother ate the barrel of food till she got to the bottom and saw her daughter’s remaining head and choked on herself and died…

          And we were taught this story when we were very young children. It never occurred to me how disturbing it was until I grew up.

    • Columbinia

      Everybody knows and loves fairytales, and yet there’s no copyright on them. A lot of this is Disney deciding to remake its cartoon catalog with real people, now that special effects can do anything. The other thing that kicked this off was the Broadway show “Into the Woods” standing fairytales on their heads. After you’ve told the story five times, you can tell it all over again from the villain’s point of view.

    • judybrowni

      She really could cut a bitch with those cheekbones.

      • OffToSeeHim

        The PhotoShopped ones, or the regular ones? Because that is some piss-poor ‘Shopping in the movie poster.

        • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

          She’s wearing cheekbone prosthetics.

          • OffToSeeHim

            REALLY? Okay, in that case then I’m totally impressed because you definitely can’t tell at ALL!

            • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

              In the second and the fourth picture you can see how they extend all the way to the corners of her eyes. It’s very subtle and well done.

    • FridaStaire

      Angie looks great (REALLY great), but I’d have preferred Eva Green. More hard core evil in that girl.

    • FridaStaire

      Hmm, as to that question, maybe it’s because it’s so hard to draw sharp moral distinctions in real life – you eat your virtuous salad, then find the tomatoes were picked by slaves…that kind of thing? And baddies are so notoriously elegant.

    • Alloy Jane

      I dunno. I watch cartoons more than anything so maybe that’s why I feel like fairy tales never went away. But escapism is one good reason if this is a resurgence. The need for a White Knight coming to save us all as opposed to taking responsibility for the world around us, our decisions, our fates, I see that a lot these days. People want to be taken care of, they don’t want ownership of their futures, and the fantasy of the Disnified fairy tale caters to this. You get a happy ending! You get a happy ending! Happy endings for everyone!!!!

    • Gatto Nero

      She’s gorgeous in that horned headpiece — and all my childhood nightmares come flooding back.
      In fairy tales the moral universe is very clear. In life, there’s more gray area. And in uncertain times, I guess people crave that clarity.

    • MegaeraThe3rdFury

      I never lost my love for fairy tales. Six and a half decades of loving them. <3

    • KinoEye

      Hmmm. I think fairy tales have never really gone out of style, but they tend to be more popular when we’re having a tough time: War, unemployment, and other national issues. On a basic level, a form of escapism and sometimes a way of working through said issues. I’ll come back to that in a second. I also think that like superhero/comic book movies, CGI and special effects have evolved so much that now we can tell those stories in the way they were meant to be seen. That’s why Peter Jackson jumped on LOTR in the early 2000s; the technology was finally advanced enough to where people wouldn’t laugh at how “fake” the effects looked (That’s part of why Stanley Kubrick changed the ending of The Shining — special effects were primitive, and he didn’t think he could create the living topiaries without them looking laughable). Going back to my first point, these stories are usually loaded with subtext, which can correspond with real-life issues. Look at how many superhero movies involve the destruction of New York, and the heroes coming to the rescue (besides the deplorable Man of Steel). I’ve always thought that on a subconscious level, that was a way of dealing with the national trauma caused by 911, even though New York blowing up was a common comic trope before then. But I think it has to be comforting, in some way, to see that situation turn out differently — the bad guys were stopped and punished for what they did. In real life, we rarely get that kind of catharsis. Same thing with fairy tales.

      • rottenkitty

        I said pretty much the same thing down thread.

      • guest2visits

        Agree with EVERYTHING above. I’m so glad you brought up the continual destruction of NYC too. I am so tired of seeing my city blown to bits in ways more devastating than each before it. I won’t even rent or see movies anymore that make that it’s big CGI action moment… done.

    • H2olovngrl

      To answer your last question: political unease.

    • Jean Beaton Leavitt

      I think is all about the technology than can create fairytale lands that are so believable. Stuff of dreams right there on the screen.

    • http://victoriapavlova.com Victoria Pavlova

      I love her in this. I want this to be dark and beautiful, not goofy. Too bad that is not going to happen. But Angie looks stunning. I love the moments when she laughs in the trailer, that full-on laugh, just great.

    • titaness25

      Because the world sucks and it’s nice to believe that happily ever afters and good triumphing over evil happens sometimes

    • Mariah J

      Maleficent was always my favorite Disney villain…so freaking fierce

    • TRSTL

      Well, these are some deeply gorgeous photos but those cheekbones in the fourth shot down freak me out. Surely these are digitally enhanced, right?

      • RuthGo

        Prosthetics. I was just reading the EW cover story and its Rick Baker’s work.

    • Fannie Wolston

      beautiful face as always, ntl i keep seeing catwoman, all that latex is bugging…

    • janierainie

      I see a run on black duct tape for halloween.

    • siriuslover

      It’s the first movie of hers I actually want to go see.