Maleficent: Mistress of Evil Review
by H. Thomas
‘Everything about this film is a beautiful, fresh take on the Sleeping Beauty story you thought you knew, with an underlying message of judgement and repression, and how leaders sometimes choose to use fear rather than compassion against the people they rule.’
Director: Joachim Rønning
Cast: Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Michelle Pfeiffer & Chiwetel Ejiofor
The unravelling of this famous Disney villain’s twisted tale continues in this sequel. After Aurora (Elle Fanning) has become Queen of the Moors, where mythical creatures and fairies such as Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) live, all seems to be going well, until Prince Philip proposes to Aurora. Despite raising her as her own, Maleficent’s hatred and distrust for humans outside of Aurora has not faded and she is reluctant, but is eventually convinced to attend a dinner in Ulstead, Philip’s neighbouring kingdom. While the Prince and King are completely genuine and welcoming, Queen Ingrith (Michelle Pfeiffer) has an ulterior motive – to create fear in her subjects and wage war on the fairies.
When the first film of this series was released in 2014, the pure magic and re-imagined story-line seemed impossible to beat, but it seems that its sequel has surpassed it. The CGI animation creates a wonderful world in the Moors that expands on beautiful fairytale creatures beyond most imaginations. The introduction of an entire race of dark fay to accompany Maleficent is also a brilliant idea. As for Maleficent herself, Jolie plays her part with the perfect character arc of learning love and kindness, while still keeping a fantastic Disney Villain quality, and although the idea of being the villain to end a villain is hard, Michelle Pfeiffer portrays the manipulative, cruel Queen Ingrith perfectly from the moment her character is introduced.
Everything about this film is a beautiful, fresh take on the Sleeping Beauty story you thought you knew, with an underlying message of judgement and repression, and how leaders sometimes choose to use fear rather than compassion against the people they rule. This is an amazing film that I would recommend to everyone.
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is currently available on Sky and Disney +. It was rated PG by the BBFC.