Evilness is afoot in the delicious sequel, Maleficent Mistress of Evil.
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Maleficent returns to a peaceful world but evilness is afoot in the sequel, Maleficent Mistress of Evil.
Five years after we watched our beloved fairytale upended, Maleficent continues to live in her protected world of fantasy creatures where life is beautiful, loving, and full of life. Definitely not where one would consider Maleficent to be happy, but she does appear to love her new lifestyle where evilness does not reign.
Maleficent is a dark fairy, played by Angelina Jolie, who is the protector of the Moors. Angelina Jolie is perfect for this role and embodies the evilness well, taking the audience along on a fantastical journey where any peaceful moment can turn into a deliciously evil encounter.
Aurora, played by Elle Fanning, was given the title of Queen of the Moors by her godmother Maleficent in the last movie and she still reigns over the beautiful area filled with fairies and mythical creatures. Elle Fanning plays Aurora beautifully with her innocence and simply delighting in the simple moments in life. You can easily tell what she is thinking and feeling as she easily wears her emotions on her face and never worries about hiding what she really feels.
These years have been kind to Maleficent and Aurora as they enjoy their extended family but one question with four little words changes everything for both of them. It is this distinct moment where Aurora and Maleficent begins to struggle, each wanting what is best for Aurora and her future but they have a very different idea about the proper answer.
Prince Phillip, played by Harris Dickinson, proposes marriage to Princess Aurora. Philip is the son of King John and Queen Ingrith, who regins over Ulstead, a kingdom just beyond the Moors.
While the impending marriage looks to be favorable for both sides with uniting humans and fairies, it truly is anything but a magical experience due to an evil force determined to wreak havoc and destruction.
Queen Ingrith is played by Michelle Pfeiffer, who spends most of her time trying to convince others she is perfect and everything in her life is perfect. Nothing is out of place for the Queen and she demands perfectionism. Do not be fooled by her smile or her words as she is the one determined to make sure the humans and fairies will be divided forever. Michelle Pfieffer has played many enjoyable roles onscreen but this one may perhaps be one of her most memorable, for the evilness that she secretly hides from the others comes to a few points that may make you gasp. She may seem sweet and demure but truly she is evilness perfected, definitely not a quality Aurora was expecting for her future mother-in-law.
Fiercely Female Cast
This movie focuses solely on three characters: Maleficent, Aurora, and Queen Ingrith, making it a fiercely female cast. Not much needs to be mentioned about the male actors, as they are all supporting actors, but there are a few worth mentioning.
The Dark Fey is a group of winged creatures who look much like Maleficent and one of their leaders is Conall, played by the amazing Chiwetel Ejiofor. Peace is the entire heart of what Conall believes and he plays a major role in the movie helping shape and give meaning for Maleficent. He is constantly trying to get Borra to seek peace and not war with the humans.
Diaval is played by Sam Riley. He continues to be loyal to Maleficent, even when she continuously changes him into different animals and back to human form without his consent. He provides quite a bit of humor in the film and it is always fun to hear what he will say next. Perhaps his most important role in this movie is to help Maleficent attempt to become more human like and suppress her evil ways when she is presented to the King and Queen for a royal family dinner. The one who spends most of her time threatening people has a difficult time having a simple conversation or even attempting a smile. The results are hilarious.
Mistress of Evil
The simple story of Sleeping Beauty we have known for 60 years now was turned upside down five years ago when Maleficent was released and we discovered more to the story. The highly anticipated sequel offers even more information about her life and may change your mind when deciding who really is the evil one. For a woman who once lived a simply beautiful life but was betrayed by love and evilness reigned, she returned to the beautiful life where love reigns. At any moment the evil can return but a very specific set of circumstances unleashes the evil once again.
This is a deliciously enjoyable sequel that takes you on another journey unfolding with surprises, twists, and turns that are mostly surprising. A few are predictable but then again, there is Disney doing what they do best, taking you through a magical moment and just when you think you have it all figured out they switch it all up again.
You will laugh. You may cry. There are heartwarming moments and there are heart crushing events. This is definitely a fun movie to enjoy with your family.
Dark stories filled with evil can truly turn into a fairytale with a happy ending. Or can they?
We look forward to adding Maleficent Mistress of Evil to our home movie collection.
Parent Guide: (SPOILER ALERT)
This is a dark story, just like Maleficent was but the evilness has some underlying tones where you cannot quite tell whether someone’s intentions are good or bad. If you are looking for a light and lovely fairytale story then this is not the movie for you. It is anything but. This is a movie that may be scary for younger children.
Do you need to see Maleficent before seeing this one? Definitely recommended. While you do not have to see the first movie, it will make it easier to understand the storyline and why she is so evil.
There is a moment where Maleficent is battered and bruised left alone in a dark place and from a distance it appears as if she has only her wings wrapped around her as clothing. There is no nudity in this movie even though for a brief moment it may feel as if they could be going in that direction. The scene changes and you do indeed see that she is wearing clothing, although it is minimal.
Battle scenes and fight scenes are throughout the movie. There is a scene where someone drowns and there are many deaths, most of which are off screen. There are two on screen deaths that are very emotional.
This movie gives quite a bit of opportunity for discussion:
- What defines a family?
- Who is the evil one?
- Is it okay to fight back when someone has wronged you?
- What do you do when people spread lies about you?
There are no end scenes or bonus scenes to wait for so you do not need to sit through the credits unless you like listening to the music.
Maleficent Mistress of Evil is rated PG for sequences of fantasy action/violence and brief scary images.
Maleficent Mistress of Evil Movie Review by Kids
Be sure to watch the movie review by our Plugged In Kids below.
[quote]In Disney’s “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil,” a sequel to the 2014 global box office hit, Maleficent and her goddaughter Aurora begin to question the complex family ties that bind them as they are pulled in different directions by impending nuptials, unexpected allies and dark new forces at play. The years have been kind to Maleficent and Aurora. Their relationship, born of heartbreak, revenge and ultimately love, has flourished. Yet the hatred between man and the fairies still exists. Aurora’s impending marriage to Prince Phillip is cause for celebration in the kingdom of Ulstead and the neighboring Moors, as the wedding serves to unite the two worlds. When an unexpected encounter introduces a powerful new alliance, Maleficent and Aurora are pulled apart to opposing sides in a Great War, testing their loyalties and causing them to question whether they can truly be family.[/quote]
- Release Date: October 18, 2019
- Format: IMAX, 3D, and 2D
- Rating: PG
- Run Time: 1 hour 58 minutes
- Cast: Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sam Riley, Harris Dickinson, Ed Skrein, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple, Lesley Manville, Michelle Pfeiffer
- Director: Joachim Rønning
- Story: Linda Woolverton
- Producers: Joe Roth, Angelina Jolie, Duncan Henderson
- Executive Producers: Matt Smith, Jeff Kirschenbaum, Mike Vieira, Linda Woolverton
- Screenplay: Linda Woolverton, Noah Harpster, Micah Fitzerman-Blue
- Studio: Walt Disney Studios
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