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Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is Beyond a Sequel

We attended a screening as a guest of Disney

It’s so rare to find a movie not only appropriate for all ages but genuinely entertaining for everyone. It’s also rare that a sequel lives up to the entertainment satisfaction of the original. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil succeeds on both counts.

Angelina Jolie in Maleficent

The always intriguing Angelina Jolie returns as Maleficent, who at the end of the original found redemption and love with her new “daughter” Princess Aurora (Elle Fanning, back as well).

Scene from Maleficent

But all is not harmonious five years later as the fairy folk of the Moors, and the humans exist in a tenuous state fueled by rumor and speculation. Is Maleficent simply misunderstood, or is she truly evil?

That question is put to the test when Prince Phillip (Harris Dickinson) proposes to Princess Aurora, and a “meet the parents” dinner is planned with King John (Robert Lindsay) and Queen Ingrith (Michelle Pfeiffer).

Pfeiffer is a delightful addition to the film, playing a complex character with ulterior motives. She and Jolie are well matched and leave you wishing they were on the screen for every scene. Rounding out the tale are new characters and creatures whose origins are best left as a surprise for the moviegoer.

The original Maleficent movie was a classic fairytale with a bit of an update. No longer content to just be good or evil, Disney always brings a nuanced understanding to more three-dimensional characters with every live-action update.

Princess in Maleficent

There is always more to the story, more to understand, more to know why or how the “evil” character became that way, and if redemption is possible. In Maleficent, it was a mother’s love that redeemed – Maleficent and Princess Aurora.

With Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, we see that mother’s love has grown, and as the adult princess spreads her wings to fly the nest, those motherly instincts are on full display.

Maleficent

Without giving away the surprises, know that Queen Ingrith’s love for her son Prince Philip also manifests itself, though not always in the best way, which makes for a compelling contrast and entertaining story.

I saw this movie with my college-age daughter, and we could both completely relate. No, not the wings, fire, and brimstone, of course, but the struggle all mothers face as we watch our kids grow and want to exert their independence. For those smaller moviegoers, there’s plenty of action and new fair folk to keep you entertained and on the edge of your seat.

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is beyond a sequel. It’s a new story for a new chapter of Disney lore and a pure delight.

Cast of Maleficent

Directed by Joachim Ronning, who previously co-directed Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and featuring top-notch cast, gorgeous cinematography, and a compelling story, this movie is another must-see from Disney.

Don’t miss seeing Maleficent in theaters on October 18th. Learn more about Maleficent on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Karen Bremer is a North Orange County native. She’s a mom, freelance writer, and owner of www.shopbeecreative.com. Her company Bee Creative specializes in products for scrapbooking, card making, and paper crafting online and in person at consumer shows in major cities around the country. She is married with daughters in high school and college and enjoys Disney, the beach, and any type of live theater..
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