Maleficent Mistress of Evil Brings a Dark Twist to An Already Dark Character

Maleficent Mistress of Evil Review
Angelina Jolie is Maleficent in Disney’s MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL.

Every villain has a back story, and if we learned anything watching the first Maleficent movie – the story is a lot more complicated than what the fairy tales will tell you. And anyone who is going to head into the theater to see Maleficent Mistress of Evil already knows that they are heading into a movie to see more back story of one of our favorite bad guys. From the movie’s title alone, you already know that you’re going into a darker movie than you would get from a normal Disney movie. It’s not just about one of the princesses, but about her evil counterpart.

As the tale was told over and over throughout the kingdom, Maleficent became evil once more

Narrator /Aurora

The story picks up about five years after we left Maleficent and Aurora in the woods together, and after the fateful meeting of Aurora and Prince Phillip. Queen Aurora is now ruling her kingdom, but life is starting to change for her as her and she is planning her wedding and the future of her kingdom. But as you can expect, the story doesn’t stay light and airy for very long.

Maleficent Mistress of Evil Review
Angelina Jolie is Maleficent, Sam Riley is Diaval, Jenn Murray is Gerda, Harris Dickinson is Prince Phillip, Elle Fanning is Aurora, Robert Lindsay is King John and Michelle Pfeiffer is Queen Ingrith in Disney’s live-action MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL.

The magical creatures of the Moors and the human world are clashing throughout the whole movie. With an evil plot to end the mythical creatures brewing in the background – the movie has dark themes throughout the whole movie. While Maleficent is finds out more about herself and how deep her powers and emotions can actually take over.

I told you – this is no fairy tale

Queen Ingrith

While Maleficent may be one of our favorite Disney villain, this movie had a couple darker themes than we expected throughout it. There were more deaths than we can even count, and it probably takes the top death toll count for any Disney movie we’ve watched to date. But seeing as it’s a war between the two worlds, we expected some deaths – and while there weren’t any really graphic ones – they were done a bit more artistically since, of course, there was magic involved. With this in mind, some younger viewers may have some issues with the extremely long battle scene or other movements in the movie.

Maleficent Mistress of Evil Review
Angelina Jolie is Maleficent and Elle Fanning is Aurora in Disney’s MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL.

The graphics throughout the film were well done and since we’re in a world where magic exists and is acknowledged we’re able to suspend disbelief as it unfolds. With new world’s being created and new creatures being introduced the CGI seems seamless and help add to the movie. There are a couple effects that seem like Disney wants to get the most bang for their buck using it over, and one moment will give you some Infinity War flash backs.

Pitchforks – Humans are hilarious


Overall, we really enjoyed Maleficent Mistress of Evil, but you have to go in with the idea that movie is going to be dark. Is it perfect? Not at all – there are parts that can be improved and that final battle seemed almost too long for the story over all. But building on the first movie, the sequel is a nice addition to the story that has an underlying message of love despite all your differences.

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is in theaters everywhere on October 18th.

About Maleficent: Mistress of Evil:

Maleficent Mistress of Evil Review

“Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” is a fantasy adventure that picks up several years after “Maleficent,” in which audiences learned of the events that hardened the heart of Disney’s most notorious villain and drove her to curse a baby Princess Aurora. The film continues to explore the complex relationship between the horned fairy and the soon to be Queen as they form new alliances and face new adversaries in their struggle to protect the moors and the magical creatures that reside within. The film is directed by Joachim Rønning from a story by Linda Woolverton and a screenplay by Linda Woolverton and Micah Fitzerman-Blue & Noah Harpster, the film is produced by Joe Roth, Angelina Jolie and Duncan Henderson with Matt Smith, Jeff Kirschenbaum and Michael Vieira serving as executive producers.

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