And that, my friends, is how you create an immersive sequel that even outshines its predecessor.
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.
With Maleficent Mistress Of Evil, what you see is what you get. And by that I mean, everything that is happening is super clear and understandable. There's no hidden motives or secrets. The audience is not required to over-analyze each detail in order to understand everything because again, all was clear and simple.
Hala2 yes, not everything was that simple, some aspects were covered with a sheer layer of mystery and ambiguity. And that's where the fun and excitement lays!!
The story was, as all of Disney's releases, filled with fantastical and heartwarming creatures, a rather dark sense of humor and some extremely inspiring messages (that can be applied to each and every spectator) about human "fairies" nature, about good and evil, about reinventing oneself and most importantly about unconditional love and family ties that can never be broken!!!
But, if I must criticize something, the first act (as necessary and visually stunning as it was) for me, felt a little bit out of order and slow but i think that was necessary for the sake of the storyline.
To continue, character wise, this sequel really nailed it!! For starters, Michelle Pfeiffer's Queen Ingrith was absolutely the perfect antagonist. You need to take into consideration that this character is really complex and deep. The motives and The psychological factors that made her who she is are, to an extent, understandable and totally logical. Moreover, Queen Ingrith' emotional evolution (as well as her sanity) was really well thought of.
As for Angelina Jolie' Maleficent, well, its nothing short of genius. Again, she's neither the "HERO" nor the villain. In other words, This character is just as complex, deep and diverse as it was in its predecessor.
And of course, Elle Fanning' Princess/Queen Aurora is still a heartwarming, innocent and a purely entertaining character that we all love and adore.
Honestly, even the secondary characters were carefully written and were infused with tons of diversity and complexity. And that's just admirable!!!
Acting wise, well, I don't think anyone questions the absolutely mind blowing and captivating acting skills that Angelina Jolie possesses. And akid, her performance as this totally wicked and feared winged Fairy was totally fierce and simply perfect. Michelle Pfeiffer, honestly, took me by surprise. I was prepared to totally hate her performance, thinking it will be too forced or too fake!!! But boy was I wrong. She killed it , killed itttttt!!
Elle Fanning and Harris Dickson' performances were kind of heartwarming. But Dickson' performance, in some screnes, felt over the top.
But, Jenn Murray, you girl dominated the screen. Lovedddddddddd you to pieces.
And of course, i cant but praise the fabulous work the technical team did regarding the special effects, the graphics, the colors... From the tiniest rain drop to the biggest Phoenix, the amount of detail attention that was put into this film is seriously surreal. I was visually blessed!!!
Guys, guys, i cant stress it enough. YOU MUST WATCH MALEFICENT MISTRESS OF EVIL ASAP!!