Movie: MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL
Rating: PG, intense sequences of fantasy action/violence and brief scary images
Release Date: October 11, 2019
David: The good news about this follow-up to the 2014 Disney production of MALEFICENT is that I went into the screening without great expectations. The bad news is that I was right.
MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL is laden with special effects that we’ve seen before and repeat over and over, along with constant, overly loud music. What’s worse, the movie is essentially a waste of the talents of Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning and Michelle Pfeiffer.
The story line about young Aurora (Fanning) marrying Prince Philip (Harris Dickinson this time) for love, and for uniting two very different kingdoms, is not sufficient to sustain anyone’s interest. And the obvious conflict between Queen Ingrith (Pfeiffer) and Maleficent (Jolie) is ho-hum. One interesting character is King John (Robert Lindsay) who desperately tries to change the subject to the weather at the awkward dinner celebrating the young couple’s upcoming nuptials. Another is Sam Riley as Diaval, Maleficent’s right-hand man, er, raven, who provides most of the comic relief.
Overall, the movie is deadly dull, i.e., flat-out boring. Such a shame considering the huge crew behind this effort. The returning trio of Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple and Lesley Manville as the pixies Knotgrass, Thistlewit and Flittle, respectively, are no longer the innovation that delighted moviegoers in the original. In fact, their dialogue is largely drowned out by other factors.
The kids may enjoy MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL for a while, but much of the dialogue will be over their heads. And some sequences are too scary for the very little ones. Find TOY STORY 4 and watch it (again?) for a far superior piece of entertainment.
Opinion: Don’t Bother!