On May 28th, the lights will be going down so fans can experience that signature Disney magic with a dark, dark spin at the “Maleficent” movie premiere. There will be horned villains, gallant princes, beautiful princesses, tree monsters, dragons and fairies. Such fun! Have you realized that many fairytales don’t even have fairies in them? Well, that’s not the case with this classic tale that explores the powers of good and evil and the supernatural. This flick is full of preternatural creatures, including Angelina Jolie, who dons a horned headpiece and enhanced cheekbones to become the self-proclaimed Mistress of All Evil. Yes, ALL evil, and she does a splendid job.
It’s been a while since fans have been Miss Angelina on the big screen. She voiced the tiger in 2011′s “Kung Fu Panda” Secrets of the Masters” and appeared in 2010′s “The Tourist”, but she hasn’t been doing much lately. She’ll be joined by Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley, Lesley Manville, Juno Temple and a host of princes, kings and fairies. As you’ve heard, the film recounts the untold story of Maleficent’s past, her heroism protecting her lands and the backstabbing betrayal that turned her heart to stone and caused her to curse the princess. Fortunately, a good fairy steps in, tinkers with the curse and gets the sentence down from death to a 100-year sleep. Not so bad!
This tale is so classic that it has its own category in the Aarne-Thompson fairytale taxonomy: code 410, enchanted relatives, sup-group “The Sleeping Beauty” story. The tale dates back to 17th century France but is probably much older. Cinderella author Charles Perrault, the father of the fairy tale, penned the first version “The Princess Sleeping in the Wood,” which was later retold by the Brothers Grimm, (those plagiarists!) and put on film by Disney. However, “Maleficent” explores an entirely different theme with the villain as the star and protagonist.
The film might be dark, but it’s full of spectacular effects and good-hearted moments that will appeal to generations of kids, teens and adults who’ve grown up adoring Disney films. Everyone’s hungry for supernatural thrillers these days, so this one is likely to be a big hit with fans. The movie premiere and after-party are sure to be rife with preternatural spectacles. Fortunately, it’s not too late to reserve your spot in fairyland. Movie premiere tickets for the May 28th event in L.A. are still available from your fairy friends at VIP Concierge. See you there!