Review - Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

In Disney’s Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, a sequel to the 2014 film Maleficent, Aurora (Elle Fanning) is engaged to marry Prince Philip (Harris Dickinson). Together, Aurora and the much-feared Maleficent are invited to the grand castle to celebrate the impending nuptials. While there, Maleficent meets Queen Ingrith (Michelle Pfeiffer), Aurora’s future mother-in-law who is secretly plotting to murder all fairies. With the wheels set in motion, Aurora is forced to question her family ties. Hoping to put a stop to the plan, Maleficent teams up with a group of outcasts to battle the queen.

There is no denying the film is visually appealing, but Angelina Jolie easily out dazzles any special effects. If only her strong cheekbones had enough strength to carry the entire movie to success. But, unfortunately the storyline was underdeveloped, with Queen Ingrith’s reason for war falling flat upon explanation. A hatred for fairies that is so malevolent and childish it’s no wonder the viewer hopes for her demise. It is evidently the impressive casts performances stopping the sequel from descending into complete oblivion. And despite all imperfections, the movie remains enjoyable with a satisfying end. That is, if you can ignore the level of death and destruction for a PG-13 rating.