Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) – Go Beyond the Fairy Tale

In this sequel of “Maleficent“, Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning have to face new problems. Not many new characters in here as well. “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” is about Aurora (Elle Fanning) has become the queen of the Moors. Good news comes when Prince Philip (Harris Dickinson) proposes to Aurora. Philip’s parents, King John (Robert Lindsay) and Queen Ingrith (Michelle Pfeiffer), await the marriage. King John is also happy because it can unite the two kingdoms: Ulstead and Moors. Humans and the magical creatures in the Moors can coexist. The godmother, Maleficent (Angelina Jolie), is still doubtful about the marriage. She also has a different principle of love and doesn’t go smoothly. But for Aurora’s sake, she tried to bless their relationship.

Maleficent and Diaval (Sam Riley) accompany Aurora to meet the invitation of King John. Certainly, the Queen isn’t entirely happy with Maleficent. She tried to allude to Maleficent’s past with Aurora. Anger provoked Maleficent. When angry, Maleficent cast magic and ravaged the room. She invited Aurora to go back home but very disappointed. She chooses to be in the kingdom of Ulstead.

“Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” presents a conflict that also previously existed in the first film. The movie is about the union of humans with magical creatures in the Moors. In the first movie, Maleficent still ideologically looked at as humans. Humans, according to Maleficent, are selfish and greedy. Turning upside-down “Sleeping Beauty”, Disney freely added another new deconstruction into its character. Through this sequel, we know some similar characters too. There are the Fey people, led by Conall (Chiwetel Ejiofor), explaining how they began. Although like which, they don’t get many servings.

Angelina Jolie’s performance is just the same as the first movie. Herself successfully became the figure of Maleficent unfriendly, fierce, intimidating, yet kind. There aren’t many memorable moments in this movie. The dinner scene might be one of them probably. There aren’t many action sequences as well. The witty conversation between Jolie and Riley is also a bit of laughable. I mean, I’m not quite expecting this movie to be a masterpiece or a good movie. I sat on theater without expecting anything and I also didn’t know what I was thinking anymore. But, this movie is a decent flick spectacle.

Actor change is also a bit distracting. Brenton Thwaites, in the first movie, played as Philip. Because of the conflicting schedule, Dickinson replaced the character’s role. The chemistry between Dickinson and Fanning is also very ordinary. Mostly, it’s a Disney movie in general, a dreamy movie for everyone. The antagonist is so cliche as well. Many times the movie brings their feelings and atmosphere. Conflict in this film also becomes the main ingredient like a family film. There are quarrels and others. But, it’s just so simple when the movie resolves.

Visual becomes the main element in all Disney movies. But, there are some of the frames looking very weak. Some of the framerate also feels broken. Maybe because of the movie theater I watched is a bit bad or indeed the movie looks bad. On top of that, this movie still leaves a magic touch like the original movie. The forest, the background, and the epic battle at the end of the movie is just a decent popcorn movie. The design costume is flawless and fierce; regardless, some of the moments look like an adult film. If you don’t believe me, just watch it.

“Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” shows beautiful visuals, adorable characters, and becomes one of the decent experiences in this year. Angelina Jolie and Michelle Pfeiffer are the main ingredients in this film. They both look fierce and tense. But, this movie isn’t completely perfect and maybe everyone will say that. It feels rushed and fast. Maybe you also forget quickly about this film.

3 out of 5 stars.

Salman Al Farisi

An Indonesian who loves to watch and read everything. A literary student who likes to write about reviews and essays on Crackdown Review. But, I just wannabe critics who love arthouse than anything.

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