New Maleficent trailer ponies up the dragon

The latest trailer for Disney's retelling of Sleeping Beauty starring Angelina Jolie shows off some spectacular CG monsters.

The latest trailer for Disney's retelling of Sleeping Beauty starring Angelina Jolie shows off some spectacular CG monsters.

(Screenshot by Michelle Starr/CNET Australia)

The idea of recasting Maleficent — the evil villain from 1959 Disney film Sleeping Beauty — as a misunderstood misfit with a heart of gold is one, we admit, that we're not so keen on; but the trailers for Disney's film doing just that are looking increasingly spectacular.

The latest trailer, which dropped overnight, isn't pulling any punches — none of this coy hinting at monsters that we saw in the trailers for Peter Jackson's The Hobbit. Instead, monsters and battles are large and in charge, and we get to see what's really under Maleficent's horned hat.

There are a few more narrative hints, as well. The film is, after all, the tale of what led to that point at the christening of Princess Aurora — the bitter feud between King Stefan (Sharlto Copley) and Maleficent, and how it came to pass. "The [film's] exercise wasn't 'how can we have fun with a villain?'," Jolie told Entertainment Weekly. "It was 'what turns people evil and vile and aggressive and cruel? What could have possibly happened to her that would get her to that moment in the christening?'"

The biggest surprise (which isn't really a surprise any more, thanks to the new poster Disney released just ahead of the trailer) is Maleficent's sweeping black, feathered wings. "I used to have wings," the character says, "And they were strong. But they were stolen from me."

The film's starting to look like a must-watch, based on the monsters alone. We'll watch anything for a good monster. Check out the trailer for yourself, and share your thoughts in the comments below.

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