In 2014, Maleficent was a success with both critics and the public. The movie changed the version of a classic fairy tale and asked us about what we considered good or bad. Angelina Jolie achieved an iconic character that everyone wanted to be on Halloween. That is why it is not surprising that Disney has prepared a sequel to one of his most recent blockbuster films, and the result is Maleficent: Mistress of Evil.
This new installment, in cinemas since October 17, takes place 5 years after the first movie. Aurora is already the queen of the moor and is going to marry Prince Phillip, something that brings consequences not only for her and her now maleficent Godmother but for all the inhabitants of 2 kingdoms that have traditionally been confronted.
We already know that Maleficent is not the bad one in history, so this new installment introduces us to a new villain: Michelle Pfeiffer, playing Queen Ingrith, the mother of the prince and therefore, Aurora's new mother-in-law, although we'll learn with time that she's more of a monster-in-law, being the true mistress of evil and manipulation, turning Aurora against Maleficent and starting a war between the kingdoms, watch it online to find out how it all ends.
Without a doubt, the scene with Maleficent and the rest of the family in the castle dining is one of the funniest in the whole movie. Pfeiffer shows off with a blunt and very daring interpretation. On the other hand, Elle Fanning in her role as Aurora stops being the damsel in danger and returns much stronger and safer, and since she was many times such a passive voice in the first movie, it's really refreshing to see her in this state.
Undoubtedly, one of the most interesting elements in this new installment in the presence of other dark fairies similar to Maleficent, something we had not seen before. It is a group of magical creatures that have been traditionally oppressed and that will finally claim what belongs to them, a very appropriate relationship with many people who throughout history fought hard for their rights.
There is a visually tremendous epic battle that undoubtedly takes the history of the classic fairy tale away, it is always incredible to see how the CGI has advanced in the last years, especially in Disney this year, with the remakes of Aladdin, The Lion King, Dumbo, also as we've seen in The Jungle Book, Marvel movies such as Avengers: Infinity War and the legendary Endgame, Spiderman: Far From Home, etc, etc.
The moors and all the landscapes we see in the film are extremely attractive. Its director, Joachim Rønning, knows how to take us on stage and fantastic characters that come alive in front of our eyes. It is a true work of art, original and exciting, just as great as it was the previous one, we love when the studios bring us necessities we didn't know we needed until we see them, it's fresh and a good surprise, you have to watch it now.
In Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, Maleficent maintains his formula for success: using fairy tales as an excuse to tell us about something else (remember that the first part of Maleficent raises a discussion about sexual abuse). A history of castles, queens, and princesses in which issues such as racism, discrimination, care of the planet and natural resources, and philosophical aspects of our existence on earth and living with other people are also addressed. They will be happy and eat partridges, but the road is not as simple as we were told by children.