‘Maleficent’ Grammy Spot Relies on Soaring Lana Del Rey Jams and Lots of CGI

By January 27, 2014
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A full-scale look at the latest “reimagining” of a popular fairy tale for big screen consumption may seem like an odd fit for the Grammys telecast, but Disney seems to have appropriately put some of the draw of this new Maleficent spot on the dulcet tones of Lana Del Rey. Music, meet music, or something like that.

Dey Rey sings a new version of the classic Sleeping Beauty love jam, “Once Upon a Dream,” for this long spot, and it’s certainly haunting, kind of creepy, and intriguing. This is perhaps the best that the Angelina Jolie-starring film has looked so far (swirly CGI aside), but there’s still plenty here to question – mainly, are we really going to come to understand the motives of an evil witch who sets out to destroy an innocent young princess? Because that seems more than just a bit troublesome (and is indicative of the issues with reimagined films in general).

Jolie will be joined in the film by Elle Fanning as innocent Princess Aurora, Brenton Thwaites as Prince Phillip, and a whole mess of other talents, including Juno Temple, Sharlto Copley, Peter Capaldi, Miranda Richardson, and Sam Riley. The film promises to help illuminate the events leading up to both the birth of Princess Aurora and the darkness that consumes Maleficent, leading her to commit heinous acts of cursing against the princess. There is some kind of big “truth” here, and while Maleficent promises to reveal it, it’s hard to imagine just what that is.

Maybe Aurora was just a really badly behaved baby?

Maleficent opens on May 30.

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