First of all, let’s not pretend that the iconic combination of Angelina Jolie and Michelle Pfeiffer wasn’t already enough to make me want to see Maleficent: Mistress of Evil. As suspected, both of these Hollywood queens gave incredible performances. Both women looked incredible throughout in costume pieces that were absolutely stunning. And that’s not to discount Elle Fanning who has come into her own in this movie, delivering an equally beautiful and dynamic performance.
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil picks up 5 years after the first Maleficent. Aurora–having been raised by her godmother, Maleficent– is now queen of the Moors and as we see in the trailer, Prince Phillip has just proposed. But the impending union proves to be more complex than either of them or even Maleficent herself could have imagined.
Maleficent has always walked the line between hero and villain. She is In fact a complex character that can be both maternal and vengeful simultaneously. This movie reminds us that the difference between who is “good” and who’s “bad” is often just about perspective.
The film also answers lingering questions from the first film. We learn why Maleficent is so different from the other fairies. And we take a deep dive into her ancestry as Maleficent learns where she comes from.
At its core, this sequel is a story about family and what that means. The audience will watch these characters define for themselves the meaning of love and learn what it truly means to accept yourself and others for who they are.
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil will be in theaters this Friday, October 18, 2019.
Special thanks to both IMAX and Disney Studios for inviting me to see early screenings of the movie.