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Introduction to Maleficent: Mistress of Evil Movie Review by Ms. H
As you know, Disney has lots of money and can more than afford to give us -- the movie audience -- a big bang for our bucks in movie entertainment value. Just how did Disney fare in Maleficent: Mistress of Evil starring Angelina Jolie, Michelle Pfeiffer and others? Check out my movie review to find out.
High Expectations for Maleficent: Mistress of Evil Movie
Personally, Disney has no excuses when it comes to providing high quality content with well-known film people. Angelina Jolie probably cost Disney a pretty penny to rehash her role as Maleficent. More than likely, they saved a bit on the computer theatrics and graphics, but to get Angelina Jolie to play this part was, I'm sure, a large part of the budget.
As I sat down at the movies to watch Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, my expectations were high -- even though the number of people in the movie theater was minimal with lots of empty seats. I reasoned that the movie has been out for awhile and maybe people have already seen it. Or were there empty seats for other reasons..like low interest and excitement levels?
Plot of Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil evolved around the idea of bringing two kingdoms together by way of marriage. Of course there were some devious subplots that probably undermined this happening [at first], but the coming together of these two kingdoms in peace was the main focus of the movie. Couple with that the warring factions of humans against the bird-like people known as Moors--you would think this would make for an attention-grabbing movie. However and it’s unfortunate that this movie did not quite deliver on entertainment value for me.
Little Known Fact about Maleficent: Mistress of Evil: Interesting words spoken by Angelina Jolie during the movie -- "Love doesn't always end well..."... Go figure.
Warring Factions in Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
The source of conflict in Maleficent: Mistress of Evil was the humans did not get along with the Moors. In fact, the Moors were forced to live underground in order to protect themselves from the humans. What was the impetus to bring them from underground to start a war? The writer/director want you to believe it was the treacherous Queen played by Michelle Pfeiffer who caused this to happen by performing unscrupulous acts. I found this difficult to believe, even if it is a made-up story.
Lots of Characters in Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
If you watch Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, hopefully you will be able to follow the story of the characters, because there are lots of them. To make matters worse, these are characters you probably do not care much for.
I think Disney missed an opportunity to make the Maleficent: Mistress of Evil movie a gigantic hit by introducing so many characters and not concentrating on the conflict between the Queen played by Michelle Pfeiffer and Maleficent played by Angelina Jolie.
Spoiler alert: There is a brief altercation between the two, but it was very low-key.
Weak Points in the Maleficent: Mistress of Evil Movie
I think the bride-to-be as well as the groom-to-be could have been stronger characters. They both seemed timid in their roles. On the flip side, both Michelle Pfeiffer and Angelina Jolie could have been stronger in theirs.
As you watch Maleifcent: Mistress of Evil -- be prepared to see some strange transformations in the film, one of which was a surprise for me while the other was not. This transformtion also seemed amateurish. You will know what I’m talking about if you see the movie Maleficent: Mistress of Evil.
Spoiler alert: Interesting enough, a lead male character is ultimately destroyed in the film, while, and as expected Maleficent was able to survive quite a bit of damage.
You will notice a character who may remind you of Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy. He probably could have been omitted from this film, because basically all he did was walk around without any dialogue.
Strong Points in the Maleficent: Mistress of Evil Movie
Computer-Generated Graphics (CGI) was used well and in some parts of the movie complemented the orchestra background music.
There are splashes of action in the movie including battle scenes which may keep your interest.
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is rated PG so just about anyone can see it.
Assessment of the Maleficent: Mistress of Evil Movie
Unfortunately, the weak points outnumber the strong ones in Maleficent: Mistress of Evil. However, you may enjoy seeing Angelina Jolie flying as Maleficent. In fact, I believe, in one of the scenes, she did a (CGI) flip in the air, before flying to her destination.
The storyline could have emphasized more the conflict between the two lead women characters as I mentioned earlier. Also with the deep pockets that Disney has, I think they could have come up with a block-buster, jaw-dropping movie more so than the one they released.
The above being said, you may want to check this movie out for yourself and come to your own conclusions, especially if you are a Disney fan and like these type movies.
Rating of Maleficent: Mistress of Evil Movie
Based on a rating of 1 star to 5 stars with 5 stars being the highest, I rate Maleficent: Mistress of Evil Movie 2 stars.