From the storybook to the big screen, Disney presented their twist on the classic tale of Sleeping Beauty, Maleficent, in 2014. Now, five years later, the sequel hits theaters, giving its viewers stunning visuals as well as a thrilling plot. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil though intense, features beautiful lighting, sets, camera work, and costumes along with a captivating story and action-packed scenes.
Directed by Joachim Rønning, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil picks up after the first movie, though it is unclear how much time has passed between the two films. Aurora (Elle Fanning) is Queen of the Moors, and Prince Phillip (Harris Dickenson) of the neighboring kingdom asks for her hand in marriage. To celebrate the union, Phillip’s parents, King John (Robert Lindsay) and Queen Ingrith (Michelle Pfieffer) of Ulstead, invite Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) and Aurora to dinner. However, Queen Ingrith has a few secrets and a scheme to be rid of Maleficent and all the creatures of the Moors. In an attempt to stop her, Maleficent teams up with her fellow outcasts in an epic battle against Queen Ingrith.
Some of the details that really brought this movie to life were the visual aspects. The lighting, camera work, sets, and costumes added depth, tied the whole piece together, and immersed the viewer into the world of this film. During the movie, scenes featured inside Ulstead’s palace used more gold lighting, which isn’t seen as often in other scenes. The camera work included magnificent overhead shots that really put the viewer into Maleficent’s perspective, as she is often flying above land.
My favorite element of the movie were the costumes. Designed by Ellen Mirojnick, the costumes added a new level to the characters of the film. Maleficent was often seen in black or darker colors while Aurora was in lighter pastels. This demonstrates the differences between their characters, with Aurora being softer, kinder, and brighter, and Maleficent being portrayed in a harsher light.
The movie featured many exciting and dynamic fighting scenes as well. The final battle between Maleficent’s people and Queen Ingrith is quite intense. Fairies are killed, buildings crumbled, and explosions of powdered poison rained through the air. To top it all off, Maleficent turns into a giant black phoenix. The fast-paced scene was captivating and kept me on the edge of my seat while watching.
I’d be lying if I said this film was completely flawless. Minor things that bothered me included the narrator at the very beginning of the film. It seemed more like an easy way to bridge the gap between the fist Maleficent film and the sequel, rather than an actual creative contribution to the movie. Another thing I disliked about the movie were the unnecessary characters. For example, there is a faerie by the name of Pinto (Emma Maclennan) in the film. She doesn’t really do much, and seems more like a kid-friendly addition to the movie to sell merchandise.
Although it had its flaws, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is still a great film. I would recommend this movie to anyone who enjoys the fantastical aspects of life. It’s visually stunning and full of action-packed battles that may be intense but add to the overall main plot. The costumes, lighting, scenery, and camera work was wonderful, and, although it isn’t completely perfect, it’s still a movie worth seeing.
Blurb: On October 18th of this year, Disney released a sequel to the Maleficent movie, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil. “But is it a movie worth seeing?” one might ask. To answer that question and learn a little bit more about the movie, read this review on Maleficent: Mistress of Evil.