Angelina Ollie's maladaptation redefines the well-known fairy tale of a beautiful princess cursed by a wicked, bewitched witch.
Jolie is Malicious-sound revisionist malicious was cautious and playful, the devil's glow in the eye, mixed with the vulnerability of somebody who was betrayed by death. Ollie made the Disney film in 2014 such a great experience – there was something new to add to the well-dressed classic and anchor it with such a winning performance.
So it's strange that the sequel, Malfunction: Mistress of Evil, directed by Joachim Röning, did not rely on her greatest strength, instead nearly minimizing Jolie's restless performance by giving less to do and then being overwhelmed with everything else.
If you want something visually inventive but mostly spectacular, then Malfunction: Mistress of Evil it will probably satisfy you, but if you look for it all and heart and weird from the first malicious, you may stay wanting.
Five years after the events of the first film, Aurora (El Janning) really settled on being the queen of the Moors, living a magical life among fairies with her godfather Malificent looking over her.
When she accepts Philip's (Harris Dickinson) marriage proposal, it's time to celebrate the two young lovers, but also Philip's father, the kind-hearted King Johnson (Robert Lindsay), excited by the opportunity to unite the two emperors .
The villain is, understandably, skeptical about the union. But the real opposition, though hidden, comes from Philip's mother, Queen Ingrid (Michelle Pfeiffer).
The Queen plans to provoke Maléficent so that she can continue her propaganda war, and then finally a real war, against the fairies and the magical creatures.
Malfunction: Mistress of Evil is an over-the-top CGI festival that relies too much on the effects and the big battles, let alone the disturbing genocide and biological warfare plot line, which can be difficult to explain to younger children.
It exposes Maleficent in a side plot far from the main action that effectively robs the underlying story of the presence of the olives and everyone suffers from it. While Pfeiffer does his best with what is written on the site, the characterization of her double queen is rather loud.
The film consumes a decent chunk of a massive battle sequence, which, while bright and colorful, lasts a lot and lasts too long. There is a bit of discipline applied and you really feel every minute of two hours of film time.
The plus ones include visual rendering of Moor's seemingly expanded catalog of creatures, and fellow Dark Faces (played by the likes of Chiwetel Ejiofor and Ed Skrein) Defective Discoveries, including the underground cave in which they retreated, citing secret play. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, but much more muted.
Malfunction: Mistress of Evil is a more conservative film than its predecessor. It does not want to exceed our expectations or offer anything to challenge the status quo.
It has a basic warm and vague message of unity over separation, love over fear, but embraces fairy tale conventions far more than you might think. maliciousConsequently, and doesn't really advance the story or the characters.
It's appropriate if all you want to do is tell a well-known story with a few surprises, but given that the first film did much more than that, you can't help but be disappointed in the sequel.
Rating: 2.5 / 5
Maleficent: Evil ress lover is in theaters Thursday, October 17th
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