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Disney’s new “Maleficent” is the latest attempt to modernize a well-loved fairy tale, and make it palatable to new viewers. Like “Wicked,” the villainess is the center of the narrative. Unfortunately, “Maleficent” stuck to the old simplified Disney template; nevertheless, the production design is commendable and Maleficent’s outfits look as if they were taken from Vivienne Westwood haute couture collection. Perhaps the hype before the film worked against it in the end. The initial trailers may have increased the expectations of viewers. Personally, the trailer alone already encapsulated the best the film has to offer.
Still, “Maleficent” is worth your money because Angelina Jolie is mesmerizing as the supermodel fairy/witch. You can interpret “Maleficent” as a feminist fairy tale (the best that Disney can manage without being too radical). You can also say that the film is a story of a good woman betrayed by love, or a story of a drag queen jilted by a straight lover in exchange for power and prestige in the heterosexual world.
However you see the film, expect many people wearing “Maleficent” costumes next Halloween so start dieting, practice pouting your lips, and delivering perfectly timed evil laugh and deadpan witty retorts. (RATING: 3/5)