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Maleficent Mistress of Evil: Movie Review

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, is the long-awaited sequel for the first Maleficent movie. Released on October 18th, the movie celebrates the 60th anniversary of the original Sleeping Beauty released in 1956. The last movie ended on the note that Maleficent is no longer seen as a villain because she is the godmother of a human child. Now, as Aurora plans her marriage with Prince Phillip, his mother, Queen Ingrith, plots against Maleficent and her kingdom; Within the first 10 minutes of the movie, we find out that she is once again seen as a villain within Queen Ingrith’s kingdom.

The theme of alienation continues.

Maleficent 2 tends to milk this theme. Maleficent is alienated from the humans. Magic is alienated from human nature. Nature alienated from technology. Perhaps, the negative aspect of the movie will alienate viewers from this series. While this theme is tied throughout the movie, many viewers were expecting a more positive sequel. Perhaps, there wouldn’t be a second movie without this negative aspect.

The theme of motherhood tends to continue on from the first movie as well.  Maleficent’s goddaughter, Aurora, is proposed to by Prince Phillip. Maleficent, seeming to be characterized by her horns with her every entrance in the movie, does not see Prince Phillip to be good enough for her goddaughter as most mothers believe. Her horns are tangled in Aurora’s marriage and sometimes, her own garments.

Queen Ingrith, introduced in the second movie, is Phillip’s mother and vengeful queen. She seems to be supporting this mariage. Her true intentions lie in taking over the fairy kingdom which Maleficent rules. As a young princess, her kingdom neighboring the fairy kingdom was denied food while in a famine. By taking over the fairy kingdom, she would make sure to get ample food for her own kingdom. Her first intention was killing the king and putting the blame on Maleficent to turn her soldiers and kingdom against Maleficent. Then, she begins to exterminate the fairies in order to take over their land.

Too much dramatic irony if you ask me. I would have preferred a little bit of a plot twist.

Aurora also becomes alienated from Maleficent following her curse on King John, whom we know is killed by Queen Ingrith. Further in the movie, Aurora is aware of her mistake in trusting a human mother instead of her own fairy godmother.

This occurs when Queen Ingrith begins to exterminate the fairies with their true weakness, iron, combined with a flower called the “Tomb Bloom” that dissolves the fairies immediately upon contact instead of solely injuring them. Not my favorite rhyming combination. Personally, I think this is very cliche for many movies. We’ve seen it in Avengers: Infinity War, Where Have All the People Gone, and Harry Potter: The Deathly Hallows 2.

Along the journey to discover that her true mother was not her kind, human, but her kindred spirit, the true star was Queen Ingrith played by Michelle Pfeiffer. I must say her dedication to killing the fairies was superb. She not only used her servant to play an organ filled with dust that killed the fairies, but bribed thousands of soldiers to create iron bullets to kill the fairies, and faked a wedding to gather the fairies in one place. To kill them some more.

Who’s the Mistress of Evil now?

While Pfeiffer’s incredible acting made me despise her thoroughly, one aspect of the movie I truly despised was the inconsistency in explanation of Maleficent’s past. In her quest to save the fairies, Maleficent encounters more winged and horned fairies: her kind. First, where did they emerge from? Why hadn’t they come to Maleficent’s aid in the first movie?

There seem to be two groups of these winged-horned fairies as if it wasn’t complicated enough. One group wants peace between the fairies and humans, while the other wishes to annihilate all the humans that wronged them. Once the leader of the fairies that want peace dies, the overwhelming majority fight to kill the humans. So, what side is Maleficent on? She might need a scorecard to keep track of all the sides.

Through the unnecessary amount of deaths and unexpected fight scenes following the fairy-human conflict, Queen Aurora utters a form of one of the most cliche mottos every teenage girl has plastered in the form of a poster on their wall, “We must all practice kindness.” I apply this statement to the viewers; I encourage them to practice kindness to their wallets and wait until this movie shows up on Disney Plus.