Monday, November 18, 2019     Volume: 20, Issue: 37
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Santa Maria Sun / Film

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MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL

PHOTO BY PHOTO COURTESY OF WALT DISNEY PICTURES

MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL


Where is it playing?: Hi-Way Drive-In, Movies Lompoc, Parks Plaza, Santa Maria 14

What's it rated?: PG

User Rating: 0.00 (0 Votes)

Disney’s reimagined black-horned villainess, potentially gone soft, graces the big screen once again. With director Joachim Rønning at the helm (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales), Maleficent: Mistress of Evil tells the story of how pending nuptials could tear not only Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) and her goddaughter Aurora’s (Elle Fanning) lives apart, but the human and magical worlds as well.

The first Maleficent (2014), a live-action take on the classic Sleeping Beauty (1959), focused on Maleficent’s origin story and how she cared for Aurora. This time around, Aurora’s love interest, Prince Phillip (Harris Dickinson), has asked for her hand in marriage and an overall intention for peace between the two worlds, but other forces are at work to jeopardize that.

The story itself is interesting enough but the delivery falls a little flat. There’s just too much going on between the human world and magical world, and then we’re introduced to a whole other world of creatures that look just like Maleficent. It’s a little tough to keep up with as an adult, let alone for a child.

After being crowned as queen of the moors, a forest where the magical creatures live, Aurora is busy keeping order and peace in her land. A little chaos comes into the mix when Prince Phillip asks her to marry him and to dinner with his parents at the castle to celebrate. The catch—because there’s always a catch—Phillip’s mother insists that Maleficent joins the celebration as well, to which Maleficent replies something along the lines of, “Yeah right, why would I go hang with those jerks?” but obliges anyway.

If only Maleficent heeded her own instincts … but then there would be no story. Turns out, Phillip’s mother, Queen Ingrith (Michelle Pfeiffer), like all crazy mothers-in-law, is a psycho and basically accuses Maleficent of being evil. Maleficent doesn’t stand for any of the nonsense she’s spewing and uses her magic in self-defense from the guards. In that moment of hysterics, Phillip’s dad, King John (Robert Lindsay), falls to the ground and Queen Ingrith is quick to blame Maleficent for casting a spell on him. Maleficent has had about enough of her bull crap and tells Aurora it’s time to go home. But Aurora chooses to stay. 

A hurt Maleficent soars into the sky, but a castle worker shoots a metal bead at Maleficent, injuring her. As she falls from the sky and into the water, a creature with horns and wings similar to hers dives into the water, saves her, and carries her back into the sky.

Are you keeping up with me or did I lose you? That was just the first 30 minutes. Then the film dives right into how a certain someone is actually evil, how there’s a whole other world of creature-humans, and how humans basically suck because they believe they have the right to do whatever they want.

While the film as a whole was entertaining, it just lacked a flow in the story. Not to mention the fact that it’s predictable. There were too many side-stories that of course somehow come together in the end. But I don’t blame Jolie for a second; her portrayal of the character, down to the deep villainous voice she uses, is amazing. She was ruling the screen, and the other characters were peasants in comparison.

I should also mention that there was a lot of subtle violence for a PG-rated film. So if you’re a parent who doesn’t want their child to see people with wings being shot down by basically BB guns, maybe skip this one. (118 min.) 

—Karen Garcia




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