The sequel to the 2014 global box office hit, Maleficent, is now playing in theaters! In Disney’s “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil,” Maleficent and her goddaughter Aurora struggle to connect with each other as a growing rift of differences emerge between them. Aurora wishes to marry Prince Phillip in hopes that the fairy and human kingdoms can unite, but Maleficent is unwilling to work with Phillip’s mother, Queen Ingrith, who continually provokes her. Hence emerges a power struggle between the two for control of both the human and fairy worlds. When a powerful new alliance forms, Maleficent and Aurora are pulled to opposing sides and their loyalties to each other are tested. Not a surprise here, but the world-building and animation of the movie was impeccable. The land of the Dark Fey, as well as the attention to detail in the many underground cavernous spaces were really well done. As for criticism, I would definitely point to the plot. It could have been a lot better. The plot was less focused on how Maleficent wasn’t the cruel character (instead painting her as a villain who doesn’t care about Aurora) and more on how Queen Ingrith was a genocidal monster who hated the Fey. It was also unclear on why Aurora chose to push Maleficent out of her life after all that Maleficent had done for her. And why would she give Maleficent up to be with people who hate her kind? These questions along with many more went unanswered in this movie. The story line isn’t the problem, it’s the way the story played out. Key aspects of this plot just don’t make sense. Personally, I feel like Maleficent’s character was given a back seat in this movie, which is a major let down since these movies are about her. I really wanted to see more from her character. Overall, if you are interested in diving deeper into this fantasy world and the lovely animation, it’s worth a watch. If you want to see story progression, you may be better off waiting for the next Maleficent movie.
By Evanka Amin