Jolie shines once again in “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil”

Well, well. Here we go again.

Angelina Jolie returns to the screen as the famed Disney villain in Maleficent: Mistress of Evil. In the sequel, Maleficent discovers Aurora’s (Elle Fanning) devious future mother-in-law (Michelle Pfieffer) is determined destroy the land’s fairies, leading to an epic battle between man and fairy.

Here’s the thing about Maleficent: Mistress of Evil – it was a completely unnecessary sequel. After the first Maleficent, we really didn’t need to continue the story. But that doesn’t make the sequel a complete disaster.

Sure, the storyline is lackluster and underdeveloped. It’s darker and more violent than the original, but still just as predictable. However, it is a wickedly fun visual spectacular with extraordinary costumes and special effects exploding off the screen.

But if we are being honest, we’re all here for the REAL spectacular — the battle between Jolie and Pfieffer. What a damn joy to watch! It was a true masterclass is fierceness.

Jolie reprises her role as Maleficent with a delicate intensity and emotion. She may not have many lines but her eyes tell it all. Even Fanning had a great performance, providing a real depth and emotion to Aurora.

Final Thoughts: Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is nothing new or revolutionary, but it’s a fun a fiercely female ride.

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