Here's the trailer, with Lana Del Rey's new version of "Dream" featuring prominently:
It's kind of brilliant.
Although I'm not completely sure this is how I want to be hearing one of my favorite pieces of music (I knew Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty very well before I knew the Disney versions), I do like that pitching the tones and pacing this way adds a few different layers of possibilities regarding the lyrics: who's dream are we really talking about? I do like that this is causing people to ask more of the sorts of questions fairy tale folk tend to think about all the time.
The land creatures/dryads/Ents? war footage feels a bit confusing to me - maybe because I always associated that with very different faerie stories and, well, Middle Earth. Maybe because it's all quite colorful and bright daylight. But the logic fits. You just need to remember that Maleficent is actually a fairy - perhaps not quite the usual breed, but a fairy nonetheless.
Re "why Lana" for the song, for those interested, here's some behind-the-scenes info.
Angelina Jolie has handpicked Grammy Award winner Lana Del Rey to perform the title song for her new film Maleficent.
Hollywood superstar Jolie, 38, plays the villainous female lead in a new take on the 1959 Disney classic Sleeping Beauty, and she had no hesitation in suggesting that the sultry 27-year-old sing the main track, Once Upon A Dream. The song also featured in the original Sleeping Beauty film.‘
Angelina has been incredibly active in all aspects of the movie, even bagging a role for her daughter Vivienne, so it’s no surprise that she helped choose who would sing the song,’ says a source.You can currently download the whole song (minus trailer sound effects) from GooglePlay for free HERE. Although I'm fairly sure that will be a limited opportunity,it should be available until February 3rd as an individual download at least.
Sources: HERE & HERE