Rated: PG – Recommended for children 12+
Some intense scenes of war along with depictions of death. These scenes may be too intense to watch for young kids. Great to start a conversation with your teenagers on topics like about war, hate, fear and acceptance.
This sequel picks up 5 years after the first film finished (released in 2014). Aurora and Prince Phillip are getting engaged after spending the last 5 years getting to know each other. While their mothers aren’t so happy about the union. The fantasy creatures from “The Moors” along with Prince Phillip’s father are excited for the couple.
The first Maleficent was on the darker side for a Disney Princess film, but this sequel goes even darker making it too intense and scary for young kids. However, the film is perfect for teenagers wanting a more complex story with themes that make you think a little more. Disney’s Maleficent: Mistress of Evil explores timely views about the path to war and the selfless, courageous actions needed to find peace instead.
Disney’s Maleficent: The Mistress of Evil delves into what happens when we fear what we don’t understand and hate what we fear!
The whole cast does a good job, with Angelina Jolie as Maleficent leading the way with a brilliant performance. Harris Dickinson was also wonderful as Prince Phillip. He conveyed a lot in his nonverbal reactions that heightened the test of character Price Phillip was facing. With a cast this good it is hard to find a true standout performance as they all delivered.
As a lifelong fantasy film fan, I thoroughly enjoyed the way the world was crafted.
Drawn quite realistically yet, I felt the film also had moments where the fantasy characters were not quite real enough to feel believable. You can see inspiration from films like The Lord of the Rings, The Never-ending Story, Fantastic Beasts and The Lion Witch & the Wardrobe in Disney’s Maleficent. This elevated the Disney magical feel to a film that stayed mostly faithful to the fantasy genre.
The only time Disney’s Maleficent: Mistress of Evil lost its way for me was when some storylines were wrapped up a little too quickly. Going from quite dark, intense and complex to the Disney “happily ever after” moments. Without allowing the viewer a chance to sort through the events from the scenes just gone.
While there were plot holes, Disney’s Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is a fairly well made fantasy-princess film. One that challenges us to think deeper about our actions and interactions with all those around us.