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 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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ant-man and the wasp deleted scenes

Two new Ant-Man and the Wasp deleted scenes have been released ahead of the Marvel film’s Blu-ray release next month. While both have tiny running times, one offers a larger glimpse into the grander world of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The other gives us a more Walton Goggins, which is, well, just as good.

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ant-man and the wasp concept art

Although the Quantum Realm played a pivotal part in the plot of Ant-Man and the Wasp, we still don’t know much about this realm. Only reachable when Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) shrinks so impossibly small that he enters a whole other dimension, the Quantum Realm was meant to be impossible to escape — which is why the original Wasp, Janet van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) has spent the past 31 years stuck there.

But how did Janet van Dyne survive this abstract, nightmarish realm? By turning into a road warrior-cum-desert nomad it seems — all worn threads and cool steampunk-y masks. But the original Ant-Man and the Wasp concept art for Janet van Dyne was completely different, and suggests an intriguing expanded story for the Quantum Realm.

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Michelle Pfeiffer Catwoman

In terms of superhero movies, does it get any better than Michelle Pfeiffer‘s performance as Selina Kyle/Catwoman in Batman Returns? And do superhero movies get any worse than 2004’s Catwoman, the laughable solo film starring Halle Berry in the title role? Those are rhetorical questions, by the way – the answer to both is clearly “no.”

In a parallel universe, the Halle Berry version movie never happened. Warner Bros. was considering making a Michelle Pfeiffer Catwoman solo film in the late 1990s, and screenwriter John August (Go, Big Fish, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) pitched the studio an idea. August just found his old notes for the pitch, and shared them on Twitter to give us a sense of what that movie could have been like. Read More »

ant-man and the wasp post-credits scene

You might not be aware of this, but Marvel tends to add these things called “post-credits scenes” to their movies. They’re scenes that arrive after, or sometimes during the end credits. Crazy, I know! Ant-Man and the Wasp is the latest MCU film with post-credits scenes waiting to be dissected, and director Peyton Reed took some time to explain their connection to Avengers: Infinity War. Spoilers follow.

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ant-man and the wasp featurette

Ant-Man and the Wasp is one of Marvel’s lightest, most laid-back movies in recent memory. And that’s not a bad thing. The film is low on stakes and big on funny set pieces and action scenes. A new Ant-Man and the Wasp featurette highlights some of the film’s special effects and action beats, giving you a taste of what to expect from the latest MCU entry.

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Ant-Man and the Wasp Quantum Realm

Many fans believe that the Quantum Realm may be the key to the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. At the core of Ant-Man and the Wasp is a rescue mission to the Quantum Realm. The advertising has shown us that Michelle Pfeiffer‘s character Janet Van Dyne has aged while living in this sub-atomic world. So what are the rules of the Quantum Realm? Marvel head Kevin Feige gave us some clues, which leads up to Avengers 4 and the future of the MCU.

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ant-man and the wasp tv spot

Though she has her own character poster and plays a pivotal role in the plot of Ant-Man and the Wasp, Michelle Pfeiffer has been conspicuously missing from the Marvel movie’s marketing. But now Pfeiffer makes her first on-screen appearance in a new Ant-Man and the Wasp TV spot, rocking feathered hair and the same digital de-aging technology that Michael Douglas famously sported in 2015’s Ant-Man. But because it’s Michelle Pfeiffer, she totally pulls it off.

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ant-man and the wasp tv spots

Hope van Dyne is done playing second fiddle. After a new Ant-Man and the Wasp poster put the superheroine front and center, the latest Ant-Man and the Wasp TV spots remind us of what a goofball Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) is, and how awesome Evangeline Lilly‘s Hope is. So Scott can brag all he wants about being an Avenger — Hope is taking the lead.

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