As a fan of the prequel Maleficent, I was looking forward to the sequel, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil as I had a lot of expectations like seeing the ‘evil Maleficent’ cause havoc and destroy found happiness but it wasn’t as I envisaged.
You know the constant underlying theme of Disney fairy tales where light wins over darkness, it wasn’t the case for Maleficent 2 as both light and darkness struck a balance in the character Maleficent. And that’s an entirely different side I think Disney fans have never seen before.
A very glaring theme for me while watching from start to finish was a ‘Mothers love’. Kudos to the writer Linda Woolverton and the Director Joachim Rønning who aptly registered a strong reminder in the minds of the viewers the extent a mother could go for her child even if it meant sacrificing her own life.
The first scene was mind-boggling as it gave us a deep beautiful view of Maleficent’s kingdom which has now been passed down to Princess Aurora her god-daughter who apart from being deeply in love with Prince Phillip is soon to wed him.
Maleficent a character played by talented American actor, Angelina Jolie isn’t in support of this but to secure the happiness of her daughter, she keeps her pride and anger aside and attends a dinner which she was invited to by the King and Queen.
At the dinner, we see her (Maleficent) making several efforts to ensure nothing goes south. But Queen Ingrith who is determined on creating a war between both kingdoms attempts to kill Maleficent but fails.
Ingrith’s lust for power and authority drives her to a point where she doesn’t care who she pulls down including her family just to achieve her plan. Maleficent on perceiving the true intentions of the queen finds her own kind, the Moors, a sect who have been driven away from their homes and have been in hiding for decades. They join forces with Maleficent to take back what they’ve been deprived.
I highly recommend Maleficent 2. Not just because it is highly captivating and has a thrilling content but also that it’s graphic/visual content is top-notch and the casts really did a good one.
Irrespective of the fact that as a full breed Nigerian, I looked forward to seeing so much of Chiwetel Ejiofor’s role and got just little of it, every other thing checks my list especially Maleficent’s costumes which made her look beautiful, enticing and evil all at the same time.