90% of the time your twitter feed is filled with nothing but people voicing their opinions or having showdowns over Justin Bieber or One Direction. However, last night I was trolling down my Twitter feed to find that the ‘Maleficent’ trailer had been released. My heart instantly stopped in excitement. I had heard on the grapevine about two weeks ago that Lana Del Rey would be singing her own rendition of the song ‘Once Upon a Dream’, the official soundtrack to the film, so that was an added bonus to watching the trailer.

angelinaAngelina Jolie as Maleficent in Disney’s new film. Image from IMDb

The amazing visuals paired with the haunting rendition of the song is a perfect match. There is something about the Disney Villain that as a child, everyone had nightmares about; but those nightmares evolve into loving the ‘bad’ characters when you get older. I myself always loved the ‘baddies’ in everything for reasons unknown. Charlize Theron as the Evil Queen, Ravenna in the remake of the classic Disney cartoon, Snow White, the latter ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ was a triumph. The film itself wasn’t that great, because everyone had the highest expectations from the childhood classic, nevertheless we fell in love with the Character of the evil queen, her outfits, her attitude and her power. Tilda Swinton as the White Witch in ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ was equally as genius. Swinton is not only a great actress, but a fashion Icon and Gay Rights Activist. She portrayed the most ruthless and powerful woman in the film, that people naturally hated to love and loved the costumes more.


Snow White and The Huntsman and The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe Images IMDb

Strong women are now seen as more powerful than men. They can use their beauty, their whit and in some cases brute force. The fact that they have made about a thousand Die Hard films to show that Bruce Willis can still do what he did in the early 90’s is redundant. We want more films on powerful women, whether they are realistic or not, especially ones that reminisce and bring feelings of nostalgia from ones childhood. When you were a child, every girl and even most boys will have seen the Disney Princess film, so everyone is already anticipating how the director, Robert Stromberg has given the backstory as to why Maleficent is how she is in the classic. The remakes of the Disney classics are always more personal. There isn’t just a beautiful Princess, an evil Witch and a Prince Charming; there is more depth within the story and a personification of each character we all knew as children. I have watched the trailer about twenty times and I literally cannot wait until it’s released. I will definitely be pre-ordering my tickets and going on opening night!

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By Joe Wells

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