Saturday, July 31, 2021

Weekend Watch: ‘Maleficent: Mistress of Evil’ Brings the Heat and the Fun – VIDEO

Angelina Jolie as Maleficent.
Photo Courtesy of Disney – © 2019 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

*Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) is a bad motha… She brings the heat in “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil.” But it’s great fun for the whole family. However, the battle royale between Maleficent and Queen Ingrith (Michelle Pfeiffer) does get brutal. And it starts over dinner, no less.

Goddaughter Aurora (Elle Fanning) invites Maleficent to break bread with her betrothed Prince Philip (Harris Dickinson) and his family. Malelificent and Ingrith try to be cordial. Then, Ingrith mentions fighting words about Aurora that sets Maleficent off to a point of no return.

In Disney’s “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil,” the sequel, Maleficent and her goddaughter Aurora begin to question complex family ties that bind them as they are pulled in different directions by impending nuptials, unexpected allies and dark new forces at play. The years have been kind to Maleficent and Aurora. Their relationship, born of heartbreak, revenge and ultimately love, has flourished.

Woman paying homage to Maleficent at New York Comic Con (MMoore Photo)

The hatred between man and the fairies still exists. Aurora’s impending marriage to Prince Phillip is cause for celebration in the kingdom of Ulstead and the neighboring Moors, as the wedding serves to unite the two worlds. When an unexpected encounter introduces a powerful new alliance, Maleficent and Aurora are pulled apart to opposing sides in a Great War, testing their loyalties and causing them to question whether they can truly be family. “Well, well,” (Malelificent’s famous words), audiences will find the outcome to be quite emotional.

Maleficent fans span all genders. At New York Comic Com (MMoore Photo)

Directed by Joachim Rønning, the film also stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, David Gyasi, and Judith Shekoni.    Twitter: @thefilmstrip

Marie Moore
Veteran syndicated journalist who covers film and television.



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