Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is a fantasy adventure that begins several years after the first film, in which the public learned about the events that hardened the heart of the most famous Disney villain and led her to curse Princess Aurora. Watch it online to follow the popular franchise.
The story explores the complex relationship between the fairy with horns and the one that will soon be the queen since both form new alliances and face new adversaries in their fight to protect the moors and the magical creatures that reside inside.
In conversation with El Diario de Uruguay, Joachim Rønning pointed out that “the interesting thing about Maleficent's character is that he is both good and bad. She is evil, has powers and can kill people, but at the same time, she has a big heart. I think that many times we would like to be a bit like Maleficent”.
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is the sequel to the 2014 film that tells the story of the villain from Sleeping Beauty and takes place a few years after the events of the first film, where they were revealed the reasons that led a good-hearted fairy to become a vindictive creature.
Maleficent 2 is the most recent live-action that Disney has produced to rekindle its classic animated stories with real actors, a plan that has also included titles such as The Lion King, Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella, among others.
The sequel's production officially began in late May 2018 and ended on August 24, 2018, with Joachim Rønning as director instead of Robert Stromberg, and Micah Fitzerman -Blue, Noah Harpster and Linda Woolverton in charge of the script. Maleficent 2 was finally released in October 2019, always with Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning as protagonists.
"In this movie, we raise the question of whether Maleficent is good enough to be Aurora's mother," Jolie said in an interview at CinemaCon 2019.
A few days before the premiere, when the film was presented in London, Jolie highlighted the feminist message of Maleficent's story, saying that her character empowers women when she breaks the stigma of the "witch" used to disqualify this genre.
In a similar vein, Fanning pointed out that Maleficent 2 represents "various types of women", without detracting from the role of wife and mother. "It's just what I wanted to do with Aurora, there is a lot of strength in her sweetness, in her femininity, in wanting to get married and have children," said the actress.
In this regard, Jolie commented that one of the great messages of the film is that "blood does not make the family" as in the case of Aurora and Maleficent. Motherhood, as is evident, is the central axis of the film.
Since its premiere, Maleficent 2 has raised more than $ 300 million worldwide, according to data shared by Box Office Mojo. Of that total, USD $ 70 million was made in the United States. Until November 1, Maleficent 2 barely had 40% approval in Rotten Tomatoes based on 228 reviews from the specialized press.
In general, critics highlighted Jolie's performance as Maleficent, but questioned the narrative in general, saying that it is shallow and that it only lies on its stars to justify its existence. Watch it online to get your own conclusions.
Now, while this is the perception of criticism, the public's opinion is radically different: based on 12,358 ratings, the sequel to Maleficent has 95% approval from the audience.