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Maleficent released on Friday in the United States

Maleficent released on Friday in the United States

Maleficent released on Friday in the United States
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.

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