Things Get Awkward in First Clip from MALEFICENT Starring Angelina Jolie and Sharlto Copley

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Disney has released the first clip from Robert Stromberg‘s Maleficent.  The film tells the story of Sleeping Beauty from the perspective of the titular villain (Angelina Jolie), and how a betrayal sets off a drive for revenge and a fierce desire to protect the moors over which she presides.  Even though this is the first clip, we’ve already seen a good portion of it in the previous marketing materials, so it seems like Disney is still keeping the film closely under (horn) wraps.  But the one constant is how much fun Jolie is having with the role, and that comes through loud and clear in this scene.

Hit the jump to check out the Maleficent clip.  The film opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on May 30th, and also stars Elle Fanning, Sharlto CopleySam RileyImelda StauntonJuno Temple, and Lesley Manville.

Via Disney.

Here’s the official synopsis for Maleficent:

“Maleficent” explores the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the classic “Sleeping Beauty” and the elements of her betrayal that ultimately turn her pure heart to stone. Driven by revenge and a fierce desire to protect the moors over which she presides, Maleficent cruelly places an irrevocable curse upon the human king’s newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Aurora is caught in the middle of the seething conflict between the forest kingdom she has grown to love and the human kingdom that holds her legacy. Maleficent realizes that Aurora may hold the key to peace in the land and is forced to take drastic actions that will change both worlds forever.

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  • DEADP00L

    You know the more I see the more it’s apparent that this is clearly a chick flick. I’ll pass for now.

    • http://collider.com Matt Goldberg

      How is this a chick flick?

      • Sean

        @mattgoldberg:disqus I’d like to know it is that as well, lol. This movie is no chick flick which I can tell before I even see it. This is a movie for people of many ages except for maybe really young kids.

      • DEADP00L

        I just see more moms and daughters going to watch this than single or grown men and young adult guys – it’s a family thing. Maybe a father daughter team up even. It’s a fairy tale and it’s just not something I would go to see unless I got dragged to it. Even with Jolie starring in it, it just feels like a chicks flick. Maybe a battle scene or two will warm us up a little more; but it’s all visually appealing to girls and kind of Avatarish to most of the guys I talk to. Which is fine but you won’t catch me jumping all pumped up about it like I did with the Apes new trailer.

        Truth be told most of the guys I talked to don’t even know about it; I have to tell them about it. And unless I shove the trailer in their face with my i-phone they really aren’t that interested and only shruggish after they’ve seen a clip or two. Their attentions are on Apes, Expendables, TMNT, TF and Godzilla. It’s one of those movies where it just attracts more girls than guys I guess. Godzilla and Apes for example, I’m literally dragging my g/f with me because she just doesn’t get the appeal; but she’s all for Maleficent.

        I also think it has something to do with how many girls watched the classics Vs guys. I never saw the classics until my baby sister was around 5 and a half; and it’s pretty much the same thing with my friends. We weren’t really that into stories like Sleeping Beauty and what not. I’m no expert though it’s just the impression I get thus far.

      • http://collider.com Matt Goldberg

        You and I have very different definitions of the term “chick flick”.

      • DEADP00L

        I don’t know what your definition is.

      • Matt Hardwick

        There’s only 1 definition:

        “Chick-flick is a slang term for a film genre mainly dealing with love and romance and designed to appeal to a largely female target audience.[1][2] Although many types of films may be directed toward the female gender, “chick-flick” is typically used only in reference to films that are heavy with emotion or contain themes that are relationship-based (although not necessarily romantic as many other themes may be present). Chick-flicks often are released en masse around Valentine’s Day.”
        - Wikipedia

        Does that sound like Maleficent to you? I highly doubt it’s going to be a romantic movie.

      • DEADP00L

        I kind of resent that definition to be honest. I’m one of those people that rename stuff all the time. Your definition of chick flick is not only unfair to the female audience, it’s also inaccurate a more accurate term would be ‘married women flicks’.

        Am I to assume that every Nolan movie is apparently a chick flick now using that definition? Chick flick to me is a movie with feminist themes, female perspective, subject matter, feel and spectacle. Heavy duty Action flicks I call the testosterone inducers is another example. Chick flicks for me are movies like this.

    • HeSaidSheSaidMv

      Why, because there’s two female leads?

      • DEADP00L

        Um…no. This is not sex issue. Kill Bill had a female lead and that’s on pretty much every guys fav list. Same thing with Aliens, resident evil, underworld ect – it’s got nothing to do with the sex of the lead actors. I’m not sure how to explain it.

      • I think I get it

        I think it’s because the film is spectacle, like the films you listed, but its premise is missing their built-in combat violence. More to the point, Maleficent’s story is motivated by conflicting ideas of femininity, so most of the action (physical combat or otherwise) will be expressions of that conflict, rather than story beats in a tale about something else.

        It’s a story about a metaphor, rather than a story with a metaphor — and the metaphor is about how vampy ol’ lady reckons with a pure young ingenue — I guess is what I’m trying to say.

      • DEADP00L

        I pretty much agree with everything that you’ve said; and it only enforces my suspicions that this really is about the female audience rather than for everyone. I might hold out a little more before writing it off totally but I am not going to be seeking it out the way I do for Apes or Godzilla.

      • http://collider.com Matt Goldberg

        I guess I just find that INCREDIBLY sexist.

        The term “chick flick” usually applies to cheap romantic comedies and cloying female-centric dramas. It works on the assumption that men and women can’t cross between the two. Do you think that women can’t like The Dark Knight? Do you think men can’t like Frozen?

        Personally, I’m looking forward to Maleficent, and it has nothing to do with the gender of the characters. It looks like an interesting fantasy world filled with stylish visuals. More than that, I’m seeing an actor having a ball with a memorable characters. To boil it down to “It stars two women DURRR” is dismissive and reductive.

        The fact that you won’t even consider seeing it based on the fact that it has female leads makes me feel sorry for you because you might miss out on a good movie. And even if it’s bad, you skipped it for the wrong reasons because in the 21st century is going to say, “Yeah, it could have been good, but there were women in the lead roles.”

      • DEADP00L

        Um I’m confused is this reply directed towards me? Because I didn’t say anything about this being a chick flick because of two female leads. I said I agreed with this

        ‘ Maleficent’s story is motivated by conflicting ideas of femininity, so most of the action (physical combat or otherwise) will be expressions of that conflict, rather than story beats in a tale about something else. It’s a story about a metaphor, rather than a story with a metaphor –’

        What is so sexist about that? I didn’t even say “I” won’t even consider seeing it based on the fact that it has female leads” — where did I say that? I said ” I might hold out a little more before writing it off totally but I am not going to be seeking it out the way I do for Apes or Godzilla.” This is sexist to you? Why? I just have a taste for sci-fi than I do fantasy.

      • http://collider.com Matt Goldberg

        You said:

        “Chick flick to me is a movie with feminist themes, female perspective, subject matter, feel and spectacle. Heavy duty Action flicks I call the testosterone inducers is another example. Chick flicks for me are movies like this.”
        I don’t see why you think there’s no crossover appeal.
        Also, if you have more of a taste for sci-fi than fantasy, I don’t know why “chick flick” even came into the conversation.

      • DEADP00L

        Because I had a brilliant time watching Helen Mirren’s Tempest and thought this might be on the same level. It’s only been very recently that I actually started feeling put off by it.

  • Phumbaba

    I predict a 48% review consenus on Rottentomatoes. I’m calling it now

    • Strong Enough

      i’ll be back for this

      • Matt Hardwick

        As will I.

  • MITIOR

    The only thing I felt awkward was the pacing.

    • Sean

      Pacing is not really that much of a big deal. Unless you’re one of those people that are easily bothered by the running time while sitting in the theater watching the movie, that is not impressed with the movie while seeing it in theaters then there is point not in complaining about the pacing of the movie and even the pacing from a clip of the movie.

      • MITIOR

        Nah.. I’m ok with slow movies. I’m saying this as a person who’s watched the whole 2001: ASpace odissey several times. It’s just that the timing of their reactions or the thiings they were saying didn’t really flow, in my opinion.

      • MITIOR

        Nah.. I’m ok with slow movies. I’m saying this as a person who’s watched the whole 2001: ASpace odissey several times. It’s just that the timing of their reactions or the thiings they were saying didn’t really flow, in my opinion.

      • Sean

        @MiTior:disqus Maleficent’s approximate running time is 2 hours and 15 minutes. There are movies that are longer then that, that are also Disney movies like Maleficent is. When the movie is released the timing of their reactions may seem different then they do in this clip, because when you think about it – this is only a clip from the movie and not really that whole scene from the movie.

      • Strong Enough

        we can tell form your avy you’re defending this movie with your life

      • Sean

        @strongenough:disqus I am defending the fact that the movie is 2 hours and 15 minutes, because of what MITIOR said. Not the movie itself. If you had read my comment to him, you’d already now that.

      • Strong Enough

        ITS 2 HOURS AND 15 MINS? jesus

      • Sean

        @strongenough:disqus Yes. It could have been worse though. It could have been over 2 and half hours or longer for all we knew, before finding out what its running time is. So, I am satisfied with it being 2 hours and 15 minutes(135 minutes).

      • Strong Enough

        i think 2 hours and 15 is still bad. wow

      • Sean

        @strongenough:disqus I wouldn’t really complain about it to be honest with you. At least it isn’t as long as Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, which is 2 hours and 49 minutes long!

      • Strong Enough

        well thats the end of a trilogy so of course it would be long.

      • Sean

        @strongenough:disqus Not true. That might be true for some movie franchises, but definitely not every one of them.

      • Strong Enough

        well thats been the trend.

      • Sean

        @strongenough:disqus If you look at every movie trilogy or movie franchise, that is not the case for every movie trilogy and movie franchise.

      • Strong Enough

        Sure it is. But i’ve read that the movie is actually 93 minutes. not over 2 hours

      • Sean

        @strongenough:disqus No, It’s not. The websites that say it is that shorter running time are actually incorrect. the websites that say its 2 hours and 15 minutes are the websites that are actually correct.

      • Strong Enough

        Ehh IMDB and multiple sources says 97 mins. I knew it wasn’t no 2 hours and 15 mins. that idiotic. no kid will sit for 2 hours and change

      • Sean

        @strongenough:disqus Never trust imdb. That is one of the worst sources for running times of movies, because anyone can go on there and change it for unnecessary reasons. The websites that say 97 or 98 minutes are all wrong, because that is not the running time of Maleficent. What that is – is misinformation. So, Yes, It in fact 2 hours and 15 minutes long. I know this because I’ve had go on imdb plenty of times to fix the misinformation posted on there by people changing things on there only put in the wrong information on there.

      • Strong Enough

        No trust me its 97 mintues. everyone is reporting it like that

      • Sean

        I guess we’ll find out what its running time really is, on Sunday or Friday of the week its released to theaters on May 30th.

      • Strong Enough

        you know what. I have no idea. some sites say one thing others say another. i guess we will see.

      • Sean

        @strongenough:disqus Yes, exactly. I am confident though, that it will turn out to be that it is 135 minutes long.

      • Strong Enough

        hey if it is then it is.

      • Sean

        @strongenough:disqus You mean, What I said ?

      • Strong Enough

        yea.

      • Sean

        @strongenough:disqus I agree.

      • Sean

        @strongenough:disqus I agree.

      • Strong Enough

        well thats the end of a trilogy so of course it would be long.

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  • aceshigh

    I think this has the potential to be awesome. Jolie is NAILING the role perfectly.

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