Maleficent 2: Mistress of Evil (2019)
Title: Maleficent 2: Mistress of Evil
Genre: Adventure | Family | Fantasy |
Runtime: 118 min
Director: Joachim Rønning
Starring: Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Harris Dickinson
Maleficent and her goddaughter Aurora begin to question the complex family ties that bind them as they are pulled in different directions by impending nuptials, unexpected allies, and dark new forces at play.
NOT TOO CHARMING TO BE ENTERTAINED
By not seeing the first, I went into this movie quite blind to this movie. Not being a fan of this type of genre, it aims hard for family and children with an adult as a company. This is a story that tries to apply the concept that love conquers everything. It’s a vague concept and feels a little too much Disney for my taste. It bases a lot of the legend and even gives narration, to begin with. As a sequel, this movie continues the first movie storyline.
This time, Aurora is promised to the beloved Prince Philip, a decision that is taken lately in both kingdoms, including Michelle Pfeiffer’s Queen Ingrith and Angelina Jolie’s Maleficent. Combining a war-movie and a princess in dismay, because of the wedding. The character feels flat and doesn’t give in on the emotion and gets you connected with these characters, therefore it’s crucial to know the backstory for each of these characters before adjoining this feature. It’s based on Disney Sleeping Beauty (1959).
The only good thing in this movie is the Queen Ingrith, played by the beautiful acted Michelle Pfeiffer. She is the only force and power that keeps this sinking ship afloat. It’s a lot of connection that needs to be made. A lot of plot holes that need to be filled. It’s quite predictable as it switched to the second and third acts. Jolie’s lines feel like a stand-up comedian. It doesn’t fit that well to the plot and her character, as she supposes to be the evil mistress in the whole movie. The rest of the cast doesn’t feel engaged at all for this story.
Fortunate, the directing by Joachim Ronning save a majority of this movie and keeps it watchable. The story, on the other hand, doesn’t save the movie. It doesn’t bring any depth to the plot in line with keeping it interesting. Most of the plot feels forced and the humor Is dismay to watch. The visual effect is abstracting, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. It gets the feeling that it’s rushed in a way, so that can’t be foreseen.
As this is yet entertaining and has some gruesome moments that probably will be a little too much for younger children. It has a drive and a message it desperately wants to declare, but it’s hard to invest in these characters, and the thrilling feeling is not there to explore the story together with them.