Maleficent released on Friday in the United States
LOS ANGELES: The wicked witch who has haunted generations of children in Sleeping Beauty has been brought grippingly to life by Angelina Jolie, in a modern retelling seeking to humanize the fairytale she-devil.
“Maleficent,” released on Friday in the United States, amounts to a towering tribute to Jolie, who produces and stars in the film about the Disney witch with unlimited powers.
With a haughty bearing, curved horns and razor-sharp cheekbones, the 38-year-old actress embodies in all its glory the character drawn by legendary animator Marc Davis in the original 1959 classic.
“It was both a great pleasure and an extreme challenge to have such an extraordinary original. And we wanted to make sure we did justice to it,” Jolie told a recent press conference in Paris.
“I was scared of her, but I loved her. I was fascinated by her when I was a child, so I didn’t want to do anything that would not be good enough for all the people that had responded to her over the years,” she added.
“Maleficent” aims to be both a retelling of the fairytale — albeit taking several eyebrow-raising artistic liberties — and an exploration of her past, to show what made her so cruel.