With such a crowded summer at the movies, every tentpole needs something to make it stand out from the pack. Based on the first clip from “Maleficent,” that x-factor for the revisionist fairytale seems to be Angelina Jolie’s wonderfully hammy performance.
The scene should be familiar with anyone who knows the classic story, but Jolie injects it with new life. The Oscar winner looks like she’s really relishing such a wicked role, and I’m on board.
“Maleficent” opens in theaters on May 30.