Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

Prince Philip (Harris Dickinson) has asked Aurora (Elle Fanning), now Queen of the Moors, to marry him. It is a joyous time for the inhabitants of the Moors. It is also a chance for the magical creatures and the humans in Ulstead to finally find the peace that has been evading them for some time.

However, the humans are still fearful of Maleficent (Angelina Jolie). The fact that some Ulstead citizens have recently been found dead in the Moors doesn’t help matters, either. Queen Ingrith (Michelle Pfeiffer) is not particularly happy about the upcoming wedding. She fears letting the faeries into Ulstead will lead to more attacks.

When King John (Robert Lindsay) is cursed by the same magic that befell Aurora, an all out war between the faeries and the humans erupts, placing everyone in grave danger.

Picking up five years after the last Maleficent film ended,things are in a pretty good place to begin with. But the stakes are now greater and the fate of both humans and faeries are in danger.

Angelina Jolie returns as the powerful faerie. She is struggling her compassion for her goddaughter, and wanting happiness for her, and the desire for vengeance against the humans. Just as in the previous film, Jolie nails the role. Likewise, Elle Fanning does and excellent job again as Aurora. She is struggling herself, between her love for Maleficent and coming to grips with what Maleficent is capable of doing. Rounding out the trio of powerful female leads is Michelle Pfeiffer as Prince Phillip’s mother, Queen Ingrith. She has one goal – protecting her family and her kingdom. And she will stop at nothing to do it. Again, all three women give solid performances. The rest of the cast all perform well, but they are more background characters, giving the women some motivation to act.

While the first Maleficent was dark, Mistress of Evil takes that darkness even further. This is to be expected when the climax of the film is a battle intended to have only one side surviving. The extent to which those in charge will go to achieve that result is rather extreme. Fortunately, some of the darkness is balanced out by the fantastic graphic effects, a love story, and some ridiculously cute characters. However, even with all that and the humor sprinkled throughout, it may be a little much for younger audiences.

If you enjoyed Maleficent, you will no doubt enjoy Maleficent: Mistress of Evil just as much. It takes the story further than Sleeping Beauty would ever have dared, and to some disturbing, unexpected places. You definitely need to see it while it’s in the theater. There is so much going on, you need a big screen to appreciate everything that is going on.

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