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Maleficent Triptych

That's it. That's the post.

No, we kid. We need the close-up that matters and to talk trailer and costumes...

Since Michelle doesn't have pointy ears or any strange prosthetics and sits in a normal old palace in the trailer we have to assume she's playing a human queen rather than a fairy queen, which is kind of a bummer. It would have been a fun trivia item to have her play TWO fairy queens in her career (remember A Midsummer Night's Dream?).

You may recall that the first Maleficent movie in 2014, netted an Oscar nomination for Costume Design for Anna B Sheppard (her third nomination, and her first from a film not set in WW II which appears to be her specialty).

The costumes are by Ellen Mirojnick this time. Mirojnick (The Greatest Showman) has yet to receive an Oscar nomination despite her talent, probably because she was designing for the type of movies that dont' get Oscar nominations for costumes even when they deserve them but she has quite a few very cool credits -- think 90s classics: Showgirls, Strange Days, Speed. Mirojnick does have an Emmy, though, for Steven Soderbergh's Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra.

Our three dreams for this movie -- for which we are not hopeful given the original film and the trailer -- are as follows:

  1. That Michelle steals it
  2. That she gets to wear multiple great costumes within it. 
  3. That it's not actually terrible.

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Reader Comments (10)

The trailer looks fun, let’s hope for the best.

Pfeiffer is not stealing it because this is Jolie’s film. The latter would have the whole film edited if necessary. The trailer is generous to Pfeiffer (narrating, having a scene with the leading actress), so let’s hope for the best.

Costumes? Yes! Bring them!

The trailer is good, the first film was fun. This one looks fun, entertaining.

May 22, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterMarcelo - Brazil

I would love a catfight!!!

May 22, 2019 | Unregistered Commentermarkgordonuk

Unrelated, in other actress news: The five or six reviews I've read of "What/If" (decidedly bad/trashy) uniformly rave about Zellweger's performance in it. A good sign for where the critics stand on her as an actress, ahead of Judy.

"This is Academy Award winner Renée Zellweger’s first leading role in a television series and she brilliantly portrays the cold, manipulative, calculating, psychopathic venture capitalist." Forbes

"Zellweger...reaches the highest echelons of glorious diva-dom in her portrayal." Atlantic

"Everything serves to highlight Zellweger’s gloriously goofy performance...Zellweger commands the screen with regal condescension..." EW

"Zellweger so consumes her moments on screen — fueled, not stymied, by having been a bit miscast — that she overwhelms her scene partners and the show’s other storylines." Variety

May 22, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterJF

Thanks JF,I have big faith in Judy.

May 22, 2019 | Unregistered Commentermarkgordonuk

In the voice of Joey Styles.... CATFIGHT!!!!!!!

May 22, 2019 | Unregistered Commenterthevoid99

How on earth is Elle Fanning going to not be blown off the screen with Angie & Michelle at odds?

May 22, 2019 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

Elle is no wallflower; she has a face capable of anything. She can easily hold her own opposite Pfeiffer and (an ever campier) Jolie.

May 22, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterWithering Looks

I like my Jolie as I like my Showgirls: bad. That's why the first Maleficent movie was such a dud: it pulled punches when it should've deliver them. She's wicked, not wistful, people. Let's hope Jolie (and Pfeiffer) get to be as icy as they are bad-ass.

May 22, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterMareko

Excellent teaser

May 22, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterJaragon

As always, hoping for the best for Michelle.

May 22, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterM.

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