This past weekend I had the opportunity to watch Maleficent: Mistress of Evil in theaters, and I loved every minute of it. The music, casting, plot, and special effects were all amazing. I highly recommend going to see it as soon as you can. I would also encourage watching the original Maleficent before watching Maleficent: Mistress of Evil because the sequel picks up right where the original left off.
Although most reviews are claiming this movie a disappointing follow up to the original Maleficent released in 2014, I disagree. The plot lines are so different that I think it’s difficult to even compare the two. I found myself fascinated by all the twists and turns of Maleficent: Mistress of Evil. Just when you think you have it all figured out, they throw in another surprise. I was thoroughly entertained until the very end.
Just like the original Maleficent, the sequel shifts the story from the classic tale of Aurora to focus more on Maleficent and her own personal story. The original movie leaves off with Maleficent crowning Aurora queen of “The Moors,” a computer-generated fantasy woodlands full of fairies, plant creatures, and more mystical beings. Prince Phillip proposes to Aurora in the beginning of the movie and so begins a journey of merging the human kingdom with The Moors. This merging is anything but smooth. Prince Phillip’s evil stepmother is determined to destroy The Moors and Maleficent’s power. I won’t spoil the ending, but the battle between Maleficent and the Evil Queen is one you won’t want to miss.
I don’t think there is a better actress than Angelina Jolie to play the part of Maleficent. Not only can she easily pull off the high cheek bones, wings, and horns, but she also radiates self confidence and hauteur. Elle Fanning is the perfect Aurora with her sweet demeanor. I also liked Michelle Pfeiffer as the Evil Queen and Robert Lindsay as King John. The actors and actresses definitely played a huge role in my enjoyment of the movie.
A huge part of this movie is the special effects. There’s a ton of animation from The Moors creatures to the human kingdom’s castle. Some of the characters have superpowers such as flying and telepathy. Visually, everything flowed together and the colors made everything pop.
For the outstanding plot, acting, and special effects, I would give Maleficent: Mistress of Evil a 9/10. If you’re a fan of Disney or fairy tales this is a must see. However, I really think there’s something for everyone in it.