No Rest for the Wicked: PEOPLE's Critic on the Grandly Ambitious Maleficent

At its simplest, Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie, is the live-action retelling of Sleeping Beauty from the sorceress’s perspective. What it wants to be, however, is something much more ambitious.

See These Disney Princesses Become the Women of Game of Thrones

The Disney universe wouldn’t seem to have much in common with the violent, depraved world of Game of Thrones. Sure, both have princes, castles and (occasionally) dragons, but in the seven kingdoms of Westeros, a knight in shining armor is more likely to push a kid out a window than rescue a fair maiden.

Angelina Jolie: Daughter Vivienne Was the Only 4-Year-Old Who Didn't Scream at Maleficent

Maybe it was the horns.

Angelina Jolie – who got a standing ovation at Saturday’s D23 Expo in Anaheim, Calif., while presenting a clip from her upcoming film Maleficent – revealed that she didn’t exactly get the same rapturous response when she was in costume as Sleeping Beauty’s nemesis.

Angelina Jolie Is Maleficent: First Look

Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, Knox and Vivienne must be seeing their mom in a different light these days.

Donning horns, yellowed eyes and blood red lipstick, Angelina Jolie looks every bit the evil sorceress depicted in Disney’s 1959 animated feature Sleeping Beauty.

In this updated version, the focus switches to the events that hardened Maleficent’s heart, leading her to curse the baby Aurora (Sleeping Beauty), played by Elle Fanning.

Angelina Jolie Will Have Horns for Maleficent

It’s a bad, bad, bad, bad, world.

Angelina Jolie will star as Maleficent, the evil queen of Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty, in a live-action update of the 1959 animated-feature version, this time told from the perspective of the original mean girl. It is set to be released March 14, 2014, it was announced Monday.