With Halloween is near, Disney released the highly anticipated sequel for its supervillain stand-alone movie, Maleficent. The PG-rated movie reportedly scores a $170 million worldwide opening weekend, off a North American debut of $50 million and foreign markets pacing toward $120 million, according to Forbes.
The story took several years later, where Prince Philip (Harris Dickinson) is proposing to Aurora (Elle Fanning) to live happily ever after with him, and suggesting they tell their parents, which made Aurora swallows the thought. Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) doesn’t seem so thrilled about the idea of Aurora being married to Philip, while on the other side, Philip’s mother, Queen Ingrith (Michelle Pfeiffer) is also equally unenthused, but ended up creating a very uncomfortable ‘meet the in-laws’ dinner, which lead to the real drama.
It is just so hard to explain the movie. It is somehow an unnecessary sequel, as we expected. Joachim Ronning, who is sitting in the director’s chair doesn’t really deliver much with the story. With some plot holes that leave the audience wondering “what” or “why” or “when”, the 120-minutes-sequel is somehow tedious for moviegoers. The monotonous plotline didn’t bring much surprise and twist, which probably more enjoyable for kids. But watching it as an adult, we doubt that the movie holds strong enough elements to entertain.
Aside from the ‘bland’ storyline, the character development is okay, not really the best but it is just good enough and understandably. However, Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning and Michele Pfeiffer who are supposed to be the main focus on the story are kind-of-failing on making a good impact since their characters are somewhat lopsided, passive and not strong enough for the second installment.
Visually, the special effects and 3D animation are stunning, like Disney always did, unlike the music score that probably needs more pumpin’ beat to tight the overall division into a masterpiece.
Overall, we think that Maleficent: Mistress of Evil could be even more than that. The movie lacks that special center to hold all of its captivating ideas together. It might be enjoyable yet entertaining with some humorous scenes, but fail to deliver the real purpose of the film.