maleficent mistress of evil review

To this day, Maleficent remains one of the outliers of the Disney live-action adaptation machine: a visually dazzling revisionist take on Sleeping Beauty that succeeded in being more than just a nostalgic grab bag of recreations of beloved animated moments. All of it was boosted by the strength of Angelina Jolie‘s bewitching turn as the titular Disney villain and a potent, if somewhat clumsily told, sexual assault metaphor. But after the 2014 film finished its retelling of Sleeping Beauty, what else could there be to tell? In Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, fairy genocide and dastardly politicking, apparently.

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is an ambitious sequel that expands the world and once again pushes a socially relevant allegory to the forefront. It’s full of spectacular action sequences and awe-inspiring world building that is designed like a mix of Avatar meets The Dark Crystal. But this lofty sequel sacrifices all the storybook whimsy in favor of political intrigue and dark plots that are far too complicated to be wrapped up by a typical Disney happy ending, and end up landing with a thud.

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Maleficent: Mistress of Evil Poster

In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Keanu Reeves was almost in Hobbs & Shaw
  • Check out a Maleficent: Mistress of Evil TV spot and poster
  • See a photo from the start of production on Ghostbusters 2020
  • Sylvester Stallone looks leathery in a Rambo: Last Blood poster
  • All that and more

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maleficent mistress of evil trailer

Angelina Jolie is back in black for Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, the sequel to the 2014 box office hit Maleficent. But there’s a reason for her sudden heel turn after the famous Disney villainess had seemingly turned over a new leaf in the revisionist take on Sleeping Beauty. Find out why in the new Maleficent Mistress of Evil trailer below.

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Maleficent 2 trailer

Angelina Jolie is set to return to the screen for the first time since 2015 with Maleficent: Mistress of Evil. The sequel finds Jolie once again playing the villainous Sleeping Beauty character, reimagined as more of a tragic, complex figure than hinted at in the original animated movie. Elle Fanning is back as well, with Michelle Pfeiffer joining the franchise as a new character. The Mistress of Evil trailer below gives us our first look at Jolie’s return to acting.

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maleficent 2 footage reaction

While Disney has been remaking their animated films for years, their recent animation-to-live-action craze was kicked-off with two films: Tim Burton’s 2010 Alice in Wonderland, and 2014’s MaleficentMaleficent retold the story of Sleeping Beauty from the point of view of the villain, played by Angelina Jolie. Now, a sequel is arriving: Maleficent: Mistress of Evil. We saw new footage from the film at CinemaCon, and lived to tell the tale. Here’s what we saw.

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maleficent 2 poster

Maleficent 2 has a new title: Maleficent: Mistress of Evil. Sounds spooky! The Disney sequel also has a new release date: October 2019. And that’s not all! There’s also a new poster. It’s a Maleficent sequel blow-out! The follow-up to 2014’s re-telling of Sleeping Beauty once again features Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning, with Michelle Pfeiffer joining the cast as well. See the Maleficent 2 poster, and learn the new release date, below.

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