I’ve been skeptical about Maleficent since I saw the first trailer, but I’m not one to judge a film completely based on one preview alone. Two previews is a different story. I’m just going to come out and say it, guys: I think this movie looks like crap. It reeks of the same overly-CGI’d stupidity that Alice in Wonderland and Snow White and the Huntsman suffered from, and I’m especially appalled that they made the fairies Flora, Fauna and Merryweather into computer generated weirdos from the uncanny valley. It was the same problem that I had with the giants in Jack the Giant Slayer; why are studios so afraid to just cast humans as the human-looking creatures in these movies? Making someone appear huge, or tiny and with wings, is something that we mastered ages ago. Remember Julia Roberts in Hook? The effect looked great, and it’s twenty years old. Honestly, I get the sense that anyone who is actually interested in Maleficent is really only interested in Angelina Jolie as the title character. They should have just called this Angelina Jolie and been done with it. Still, I’m sure it will make Disney a bazillion dollars. Sigh.
Maleficent comes out May 30, 2014.