Most Movie Buffs didn’t appreciate the initial release of Maleficent, a live-action retelling of a Disney animated classic that actually added something new to a tale as old as time. In addition to the pitch-perfect casting of Angelina Jolie as Maleficent, the horned villain from Disney’s 1959 animated classic Sleeping Beauty, Beauty, and the Beast.
Maleficent had a feminist spin to the role, making her the central character of the movie, written by screenwriter Linda Woolverton. Recently most of Disney’s movie such as the “Lion King” and “Aladdin” has gotten progressively less and less original. Thankfully Maleficent is back to inject some much-needed originality!
What I was super excited and looking forward to was Michelle Pfeiffer playing her regal self as “Queen Ingrith”!
Mistress of Evil picks up five years after the events of the first film, with Maleficent’s adopted daughter Aurora established as Queen of The Moors, the magical fairy homeland that birthed Maleficent. Aurora hopes her engagement with Prince Phillip (Harris Dickinson, replacing Brenton Thwaites from the first film) will finally unite the human and fairy worlds. However, they have to survive the meeting of the in-laws!
I really enjoyed seeing the Mistress of Evil offering a comedic side of her, Maleficent does her best to plaster on a non-threatening smile and master the art of small talk to impress Phillip’s parents, King John (Robert Lindsay) and Queen Ingrith (Michelle Pfeiffer). It’s a hilariously unexpected comedic swerve for such a proudly gloomy character, and Jolie pulls it off perfectly! (this was the best scene in the movie)
Pfeiffer plays a glamorous mean girl with the grandest costumes, which only Michelle can carry with grace! The mistress of Evil shows us that the face of evil isn’t always an angry man or an obvious outsider. Sometimes it’s a rich, well-dressed blonde woman who hides her prejudices behind a show of politeness. It doesn’t take much needling for Ingrith to get under Maleficent’s icy skin. And when Aurora seems to side with her new human in-laws during dinner-table chaos, Maleficent moodily retreats to her kingdom of isolation.
Maleficent discovers her heritage as a “dark fae,” a race of fairies who went into hiding after being hunted nearly to extinction. Mistress of Evil uses its fantastical race of creatures to contrast the beauty of nature against the brutality of humanity. The dark fae evolved to live in different climates, and they range from sand-colored desert dwellers to jungle fae with rainbow-hued wings. They now all reside in a nest-like haven high up in the mountains.
The film explored discrimination and violence on an interpersonal level, Mistress of Evil expands those ideas into an exploration of full-on warfare. The battle scenes were captivating to watch, especially the scenes between the fairies and humans soldiers.
The epic battle between Pfeiffer and Jolie was a memorable scene! you may get a heart attack thinking this would be the end of Maleficent, but thankfully the movie has a happy ending 🙂
My favorite scene was also the fairy tale wedding of Aurora it was just like in the fairy tale books , a perfect and romantic ending!
Rating – Suitable for All ages