“Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” triumphs previous films for Disney fans

By Brooke Hamann

Let’s get into the Disney mojo, shall we? 

Tall and slender she blends into the night as if nonexistent. Her eyes, hints of purple and green; those which flood of villainous intentions. A black cloak drapes from what can be conceived as hair, an alluring brown shade. Suddenly, becoming irritated with the cloak, she decides to remove such. Looking down at her shadow, sudden movement can be seen from the left shoulder; the shape of a raven, far from still, darts into the blackness as two figures rise, both opposite directions from both sides of her head. 

From this brief description, one can only hope we’re all thinking of Walt Disney’s most intimidating and finest creation of a villain: Maleficent. 

On Oct. 18, “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” took a run for theaters all across the nation. 

Despite its major hype, the film let on for a disappointing domestic start of $38 million compared to its projected value of $45-$50 million. 

“Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” features many returning actors including the fairest of them all, Angelina Jolie, playing Maleficent, along with the beauty herself, red-carpet sweetheart, Elle Fanning, playing Princess Aurora. 

This sequel, to the 2014 global box office run-off, questions the tie that previously bonded the two forces together. Their relationship, once heartbreak and revenge-driven, despite its flourish, seems to be on the rise once more. 

Aurora’s imminent marriage to Philip causes for a celebration unlike any other as an unexpected encounter proposes a new alliance. 

Despite the purpose of the wedding, to unite the kingdom of Ulstead and the neighboring Moors, Maleficent and Aurora find themselves on opposing sides of this so-called war. With hatred between man and fairies prolonging, Maleficent and Aurora are put to the test, on account of loyalty and even forced to question whether they can truly be family. 

“Angelina Jolie’s Maleficent: Mistress of Evil never manages to justify the return of all its characters, but it does delve deeper into its fantasy world, and it keeps you engaged,” Sify Movies critic Troy Ribeiro said. 

Although the film pushes for good intentions, it could be said that the plot could have been more action-packed and even included snarky humor for comedic pleasure. 

The characters, though explicit, shouldn’t have been featured in yet another happy-ending film. Because Disney pushes for this message, it is understood why writers continued the legacy of the movie, but it just remains unnecessary. 

Also, despite her beloved abilities, Angelina Jolie didn’t feature enough in “Mistress of Evil.” Meanwhile, Sleeping Beauty, thought of as an enhancing persona is portrayed to be rather, “mish-mashed in terms of ideology” Johnson Thomas of Mid-Day said. 

Ultimately, the film characterized its dialogue and arising villainy quite well. For those hard-core Disney lovers and parents with young children, this film triumphs over others.