brian-mcgee - July 9, 2019
For my money, 2014's Maleficent remains the best live action reimagining of a classic Disney animated film, if for no other reason than it chose to do something other than slavishly recreate the cartoon in live action. It may not be a great movie, but at the very least, it had the stones to tell the story of Sleeping Beauty from the villain's point of view, something Disney has yet to attempt again... until now.
Angelina Jolie is back as the devilish villain turned protagonist in Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, a sequel that seeks to expand the world created five years ago by introducing new wrinkles into Maleficent's idyllic world. Princess Aurora (Elle Fanning) intends to marry her beloved Prince Phillip (some hunk) and his mother (Michelle Pfeiffer) is all too eager to take on the role of Aurora's new mother.
This, of course, once again puts Maleficent at odds with the world of humans, but little does she know that there's an entire race of creatures just like her, headed by Chiwetel Ejiofor, hiding in the shadows. It's an interesting twist and probably one of the only directions in which a sequel like this could have gone.
Unlike the first film, which opened in late May, Disney looks to be positioning this as a Halloween film, as Maleficent: Mistress of Evil flies into theaters on October 18.
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