Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
Director: Joachim Ronning
Maleficent travels to a grand old castle to celebrate young Aurora’s upcoming wedding to Prince Phillip. While there, she meets Aurora’s future mother-in-law — a conniving queen who hatches a devious plot to destroy the land’s fairies. Hoping to stop her, Maleficent joins forces with a seasoned warrior and a group of outcasts to battle the queen and her powerful army.
The origin story
I’m a big fan of the first Maleficent film – I love a good villain origin story, and I love retelling, so it was a perfect film for me.
But what about the sequel? Did it live up to the first? Was it necessary to make? I’d say that it lived up to the first film and more!
Maleficent and the lore of the land
Mistress of Evil builds more on the lore of the first Maleficent film, giving audiences answers as to where Maleficent came from, what other kingdoms think of the fae, and just how Aurora views her relationship with her unconventional fairy godmother.
Angelina Jolie is a casting triumph
Angelina Jolie plays Maleficent as perfectly as she did the first time, this time with yet more layers to the character. She’s not a scorned, revengeful fae anymore, she’s a protective mother, who wants nothing more than to keep her daughter safe and close. Meanwhile, Elle Fanning’s Aurora is trying to grow up and become a better queen for all. It’s such an interesting dynamic, one that brought tears to my eyes several times.
Filled with fantastic effects and battles, funny scenes, and scenes that had me near cheering in my seat, Maleficent Mistress of Evil is a fantastic film. I cannot wait to watch it again!
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