Not as good as the first one, but still entertains you until the end. The visuals are stunning and yet again, Angelina Jolie, is brilliant. Her best role in years. You will love this one, if you enjoyed the first. A must watch in my books.
2 of 5 stars
A dull fantasy that doesn't compare to Maleficent.
Disney continues to mess up with their live action movies and sequels with Joachim Rønning's dark fairy tale Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019). The issue here is obvious. Linda Woolverton's feminist writing from the first Maleficent is ruined by the other two male writers, Noah Harpster and Micah Fitzerman-Blue, clearly. All the thoughtful female forward themes from Maleficent are gone, switched out for princesses who need their prince and women have no agency. Maleficent is hardly in this movie. I hate how boring the story is, but the real issue is that Maleficent: Mistress of Evil does no evil. She's the heroine alongside 2 other women who also get to do nothing. The men never shut up and make all the choices. It's so obnoxious.
Joachim Rønning's direction is fine with some visual flair. But there's no action, humor, or romance. It's all so bland. Craig Wood and Laura Jenning's have nice editing, but Maleficent: Mistress of Evil feels so slow as so little occurs that the 118 minutes takes forever. I did enjoy Bebe Rexha's end song, "You Can't Stop the Girl" as I at least knew the movie was over. In all honesty though, Bebe's girl anthem is very cool and should have just been in the film somewhere. Henry Braham's cinematography is very bright and pretty, a departure from the overly dark first movie Maleficent. He doesn't get many conversations or action to shoot unfortunately though.
Geoff Zanelli's score is uninspired and forgettable, a far departure from James Newton Howard's excellent score for Maleficent. Ellen Mirojnick's costumes are pretty with a lovely pink dress for Elle Fanning's serene Aurora and a killer black dress at the end for Angelina Jolie's Maleficent. All of Michelle Pfeiffer's dresses and armor are very cool in all white. I definitely think Paul Gooch, Arjen Tuiten, and David White's make-up goes too far for the other fey in the sky with their goofy face paint and awkward wings.
There are so many annoying scenes like the fairies in the sky partying in a cave like that awful rave scene in one of The Matrix sequels. I hated the pointless battle at the end where almost no fighting occurs and most of it is off camera. I just ended up hating this disappointing movie. They could have done anything, but didn't even try.
Angelina Jolie is still awesome as Maleficent, except this time she gets to do next to nothing. Elle Fanning is lovelier than ever as Aurora, but only gets to escape out a bedroom and explore a dark corridor once. Sam Riley's helpful crow friend to Maleficent is practically written out of the movie. Michelle Pfeiffer is great as the evil queen, but her motivations are confusing at best and lackluster at worst. She also does nothing. I hated the actor playing the prince. I don't even want to start on the waste of time that Ed Skrein and Chiwetel Ejiofor were in the end. They even waste Warwick Davis!
In the end, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is a waste of time wherein nothing occurs except your rising disappointment.
2.5 of 5 stars
A soulless cash grab, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is an uninspired and cliché fantasy film. When Aurora gets engaged she invited Maleficent to a dinner with the in-laws, but it does not go well and she is soon charged with the king's murder. The plot couldn't be more predictable; once again humans are evil and fantasy creatures are good, and the messages about getting along with others and rejecting violence are excruciatingly heavy handed. Still, the special effects and make up are especially well-done (particularly for Maleficent) and help to create a wonderfully looking fairy tale world. Yet ultimately, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil proves to be a superficial film with very little imagination.
2 of 5 stars
I really hate hate hate hate aurora character in this sequel because the character is to flat and easy to be manipulated like she does has a brain to analyze the story. Nevertheless, Maleficent was so good in every scene.
3 of 5 stars
I enjoyed it for what it was, a Disney live action remake, while also being a sequel. Beautiful visuals and charming performance adds up to a not so forgettable sequel. Definitely better than the first one in my opinion.
2 of 5 stars
A whole lot of the plot falls away if some of the characters remember that THEY CAN PERFORM MAGIC. This film is full of plot holes and weird tone shifts, its own Minion-esque character, and never actually justifies its own existence with any sort of merit beyond a cash grab. Also, the film really treats the queen's attempted genocide with a surprisingly lighthearted note at the end.
5 of 5 stars
Wicked! In a good way of course.
5 of 5 stars
A very powerful, beautiful and magical companion film to the equally amazingly spectacular first film.
1.5 of 5 stars
How in the flip is the people score so high for this movie. Did kids review this movie? My god this movie is boring and I thought I was going to fall asleep but I tried not to. This movie sucks and I’m sorry Disney but stop making live action garbage. The reboot live action is for money like aladdin or lion king but this is something new. So stop making it. It’s garbage and nobody in their right mind asked for it.