Although in-laws are known to be difficult, none can beat the difficulty that comes from a conniving Queen with an undeniable streak of hate.
As Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) travels to witness the wedding of Prince Philip (Harris Dickinson) and her daughter Aurora (Elle Fanning), the future mother-in-law of the Queen of the Moors may prove to be a great deal to handle for their guardian.
Aurora and Prince Philip, hopelessly in love, decide to wed and join the Moors (whom Aurora is Queen) and the land of Ulstead which is home to Prince Philip. To her surprise, Maleficent is invited to dinner to meet the future in-laws, King John (Robert Lindsay) and Queen Ingris (Michelle Pfeiffer). It becomes quickly apparent that Queen Ingris is not a fan of the magical creatures of the Moors. In fact, she holds an unquenchable hate. The Queen’s maniacal plot is slowly revealed as the tension rises between the newly joined families. Queen Ingris plans to join together Ulstead and the Moors only to rip the creatures of their magical life force, an ability derived from a potion conjured up by a captured pixie stripped of his wings named Lickspittie (Warwick Davis).
In order to stop the insatiable Queen who cast a spell on her husband and trapped both her son and future daughter, Maleficent must join forces with her own kind to bring peace among the humans and the magical spirits of the Moor. When Maleficent’s people, known as the Dark Fey, join together to attack the evil Queen in Ulstead, death and destruction are inevitable. However, as Maleficent’s power one again proves to be mightier than anticipated, the Queen is overpowered and banished from the city (or in this case, turned into a goat). In true Disney fashion, the Moors and the land of Ulstead combine in serenity with Queen Aurora and Prince Philip leading the land with true peace that exists among love and acceptance. The humans and magical creatures, including the Dark Fey who had been hidden for eons from the humans, can live together for the first time in a bright new future.
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil embodies true Disney magic within the first few seconds of reel. With a six year span in between the original film and it’s sequel, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil reminded us of the exquisite nature that existed within the first film released in 2014. The characters we already grew to love make us swell with pride even more within a setting of absolutely stunning beauty. The colors, the wardrobe, the props, and the astounding animation leads to a captivating visual experience that only Disney can provide.
I found it refreshing how this film incorporated an origin story into the classic setup of protagonist and antagonist rivalry. Throughout the majority of the movie, Maleficent and Aurora are separated and learning about their own kinds. For Aurora, she learns that other humans may not share her kindred spirit and love of all creatures. However, she also comes to realize that although some may not, others truly do such as her true love Philip and his father King John. In the same manner, Maleficent was discovering that not only does her kind still exist but also that they share her moralistic values of protecting the spirits of the realm and remain hesitant toward humans. Just as Maleficent learned to love Aurora, the Dark Fey also learn to open their hearts by witnessing the kindness that exists in all creatures, humans included.
The message of this story only aids the mind blowing creativity that it showcases. There are dozens of both adorable and intimidating creatures who we somehow come to love with absolutely no words spoken from most of them. This emotional attachment to such a mythical world is one that positively impacts many viewers and Maleficent: Mistress of Evil makes you truly feel as though all of these creatures exist with us on earth. This type of magical connection that ignites within audiences is a feeling we crave from all entertainment that not every body of work can achieve. When watching this film, you will not only feel a dazzling whirlwind of ethereal beauty but also an abundance of pure love toward the humanity of the characters. At the end of the day, that is what Disney does best and supremely well within this film — captures our hearts by putting wonder into our eyes.
Release Date: October 18, 2019 (USA)
Cast: Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Michelle Pfeiffer, Harris Dickinson, Sam Riley, Robert Lindsay, Warwick Davis, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Ed Skrein, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple, Lesley Manville, Jenn Murray, David Gyasi.
Distributor: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Director: Joachim Rønning
Genre: Fantasy, Drama
Runtime: 119 minutes
Official Website: Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
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IMDB Page: Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019)
Wiki Link: Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
Kira Proctor | Writing Contributor
B.A. | Communications | UCLA
Kira, named after the fairy from The Dark Crystal, is a second-year transfer at UCLA graduating with a B.A. in Communication. Like her namesake, she grew up with her mind in a fantasy world. Indulging in whimsical films (preferably animated), television, novels and music that transports oneself, she is passionate about the entertainment industry creating imaginary spaces for all to visit that let everyday stressors melt away. With a particular interest in storytelling and live performances, she has interned for companies such as TEDx, Girlie Action Media, and ran her own segment on UCLA Radio providing reviews of salient albums or live events. With experience in global relations, Kira has studied the entertainment industry in both the U.S. and South Korea. This gave her unique experiences as to how storytelling can manifest itself visually or auditorily throughout different cultures, creating hope and happiness within people across the globe in distinct yet familiar ways. In her spare time, you can catch Kira at a riveting concert, traveling, watching anything by Studio Ghibli, or at Disneyland! Instagram: @kira_ann1|| View My Articles
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