Maleficent Mistress of Evil review by Linda Ruiz
Maleficent Mistress of Evil takes place five years after the true story of Sleeping Beauty was revealed in Maleficent. Aurora is Queen of the Moors, all is peaceful and life is moving in the direction that it should. Prince Philip (Harris Dickinson) has finally proposed to Aurora (Elle Fanning) and she has accepted much to Maleficents disapproval . Like any mother she is not ready for her daughter to be married especially to the species that she considers her natural enemy. Aurora is the only human that Maleficent loves and will defend with everything she has, even her life which she does.
Prince Philips parents, King John of Ulstead (Robert Lindsay) and Queen Ingrith ( Michelle Pfeiffer) are delighted with the prospect of a union and arrange a dinner accepting Aurora and Maleficent into the family.
Seeing Maleficent practicing her “people skills” on her own and with the help of Diaval ( Sam Riley) is funny and tender as well. Angelina Jolie has added more dimension to the character of Maleficent by showing her vulnerability , her fears for her daughter and the prospect of being alone. Aurora is truly her only family and the only being she loves more than the Moors.
As much as Maleficent tries her best for this meeting to be pleasant the dinner takes a turn for the worst. It seems Queen Ingrith has other intentions and wastes no time provoking Maleficent to unleash her fury. This is where we find out that the Mistress of Evil title is the result of Queen Ingriths fear mongering. In Ulstead. Always dressed in brilliant white and silver, adorned in jewels, her heart is as black as Maleficents horns.
When this war erupts Aurora chooses to stay with Prince Philip and his family and turns her back on Maleficent. Maleficent and Diaval have to battle their way out of the castle because Queen Ingrith is quite the warlord, prepared for everything that Maleficent will do to defend herself. Maleficent is mortally wounded but Fate has a wonderful surprise in store for Maleficent that will restore her life and her resolve to protect her child and defend the Moors.
Maleficent Mistress of Evil is perhaps the best non sequel Disney has ever released.