‘Maleficent: Mistress of Evil’ Review: What are the Critics saying?
Angelina Jolie returns this movie in glorious fashion, sharp-tongued and sharp-cheekboned. As usual the titular dark fairy who is dealing with something few fairy tale villains ever have to: in-laws. Her goddaughter Aurora has finally gotten engaged to her Prince Phillip. Maleficent is naturally resistant to the idea. But agrees to a celebratory dinner with Phillip and his parents. The buffoonish but peace-minded King John (Robert Lindsay) and his scheming Queen Ingrith (Michelle Pfeiffer).
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil picks up 5 years after Maleficent in 2014. The audiences learned of the events that hardened the heart of Disney’s most notorious villain and drove her to curse a baby Princess Aurora. The film continues to explore the complex relationship between the horned fairy and the soon to be Queen. They form new alliances and face new adversaries in their struggle to protect the moors and the magical creatures that reside within
Rating: PG (for intense sequences of fantasy action/violence and brief scary images)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: Joachim Rønning
Starring: Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michelle Pfeiffer
Written By: Linda Woolverton, Micah Fitzerman-Blue, Noah Harpster
In Theaters: Oct 18, 2019 Wide
Runtime: 118 minutes
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
What are the Critics saying about ‘Maleficent: Mistress of Evil‘?
Jesse Hassenger (AV Club)
It’s hard to say what’s odder about Maleficent 2: that Jolie disappears for long stretches of it, or that her elegant, imperious darkness isn’t much missed when she does.
Caryn James (BBC.com)
Until then, though, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil swoops you along with ease. Like so many Disney films, it is a commercial calculation with a just a splash of magic.
Michael O’Sullivan (Washington Post)
Think twice about taking very young children or even some susceptible adults to this at times shocking. If less than graphic, gloom-and-doom fest. But the worse sin is: It’s boring.
Johnny Oleksinski (New York Post)
While the first film was, like “Wicked,” an alternate view of a classic good-versus-evil tale. Its sequel is a one-note, moralistic sledgehammer with no payoff.
Monica Castillo (TheWrap)
Tragically, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil does not give Jolie and Pfeiffer nearly enough time to face off against each other.
Peter Bradshaw (The Gaurdian)
This Maleficent is disappointing, although Jolie certainly sells it hard, as does Fanning. Who takes it as seriously as anything else in her career.
Kerry Lengel (Arizona Republic)
The cuddly creatures and razzle-dazzle action are enough to make two hours disappear. But it’s only Jolie’s bat-winged charisma that will rattle on in your memory.