The sequel to Maleficent, this movie begins with Aurora five years into her reign of Queen of the Moors. Maleficent has been acting guardian and protector of the land, and Aurora’s maternal figure. However, the neighboring kingdom, Ulstead, home of Prince Phillip, has some doubts about Maleficent’s supposed change of heart. When Prince Philip proposes to Aurora, Maleficent advises against the union, which Aurora dismisses. Following the successful proposal, King John and Queen Ingrith, current rulers of Ulstead, host a dinner to celebrate the new couple.
While attempting to remain civil, Maleficent is taunted and provoked throughout the dinner with mentions of her previous evil deeds and is finally inflamed by the accusation that she recently killed two humans poaching fairies near the Moors. Queen Ingrith insults Maleficent’s maternal bond with Aurora causing her to react angrily. In her explosion, King John falls into a deep cursed slumber, supposedly by Maleficent’s hand, which she denies. Uninterested in her denial, Maleficent is chased from the castle. Wounded and fleeing, Maleficent is saved by some mysterious winged creatures which she learns is her own race. Maleficent is forced to battle between loyalties to her new found people, to Aurora, and against the vengeful Ulsteadians.
Angelina Jolie always lights up the screen, and this movie was no exception
While positively anticipated by fans of the previous Maleficent movie, it received only partially positive reviews. The great critique revolves around the slow pacing and inorganic script. The writing is inconsistent and results in characters making unexpected and unjustified decisions. Aurora was put under fire regarding her uninteresting and even annoying characteristics. The story was cliche and predictable. It didn’t commit to be a children’s movie or an adult movie, so it resulted in a strange hybrid of the two. Some fans have compared it to a wannabe Game of Throne’s for children.
The storyline was made all the more disappointing when contrasted by all the positive elements the movie had to offer. The visuals were, of course, stunning, and the performances by the cast were solid. Angelina Jolie always lights up the screen, and this movie was no exception. Amidst the unoriginal storyline, there was a jumble of humor, action, and fantasy that was truly a delight. Queen Ingrith, played by Michelle Pfeiffer, also received much praise for her performance. She played an exquisite queen and an engaging villain. Was all this enough to make the writing passable? We’re not sure.
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