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Maleficent and her goddaughter Aurora begin to question the complex family ties that bind them as they are pulled in different directions by impending nuptials, unexpected allies, and dark new forces at play.
Adventure Fantasy - Like the first film, this is a
fantasy/adventure based on Sleeping
Beauty, with a focus on the title
villainess played by Angelina Jolie. Other key
members of the original cast including Elle
Fanning return, with notable newcomers
including Michelle Pfeiffer. Chiwetel Ejiofor
fans will be disappointed by his very small
role. While aimed at families, there are some
potentially scary images and intense action
scenes that may be too strong for the youngest
Angelina Jolie KUNG FU PANDA 3, MALEFICENT, KUNG FU PANDA 2 Elle Fanning TEEN SPIRIT, HOW TO TALK TO GIRLS AT PARTIES, LEAP Michelle Pfeiffer MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS, MOTHER, THE FAMILY Director: Joachim Ronning PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Average ...effective at moving the story forward rather than re-treading familiar ground, it enters a patch of quicksand from which it is unprepared to escape. Disney is adept at doing many things but offering a sobering and intelligent examination of genocide is not among them.
Roger EbertFull Review Average ...the movie fails to give Jolie the star vehicle she richly deserves, limiting her screen time in favor of new characters that aren't as interesting... There are a few striking moments... But it all feels rushed-through and improperly considered, like a fairy tale told to a child by a grownup who's tired and bored and just wants to go to bed.
USA TodayFull Review Good Jolie's magnetism, plus the way she toes the line between being a fairy version of Batman and a menacing mistress of not-quite-evil-but-pretty-close, is why these "Maleficent” movies work. She fits the character as well as her endless cycle of evolving costumes.
NY PostFull Review Poor In "Mistress of Evil,” everything is a notch less fun, romantic and engaging. While the first film was, like "Wicked,” an alternate view of a classic good-versus-evil tale, its sequel is a one-note, moralistic sledgehammer with no payoff. The narrator begins by saying, "Twice upon a time … ” And that's as witty as it gets.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 55 moviegoers:
GREAT REVIEWS from all ages, both male and female. Only a few of the adult males were slightly disappointed, rating it just "good/average" (enjoyable but nothing special or memorable).