Angelina Jolie is back as Disney’s favourite Mistress of Darkness…
Love them or hate them, Disney’s everlasting vault of animated classics have been given a new lease of life thanks to the live-action reboot treatment. Some have been stellar efforts like Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book, while others have been nothing short of abhorrent…I’m looking at you Cinderella! But the movie that has proven to be the most divisive was the 2013 blockbuster Maleficent.
With Angelina Jolie slipping into the sleek black attire of the titular character, one would think the movie was destined to be an outright crowd pleaser. And for the most part, it was. Maleficent was wickedly evil, Princess Aurora was pure and innocent, and all was right in the world. And then, Disney turned our beloved Mistress of Evil into an anti-hero and tarnished a legacy that had stood for more than six decades.
Fast forward to 2019, and this October fans of all ages will be piling into auditoriums around the world for the highly anticipated sequel: Maleficent: Mistress of Evil. The movie promises to revert to the original source material and restore Maleficent to her nefarious and evil self and with a title like Mistress of Evil, for all intents and purposes Disney appears to be setting its stall out early.
With the October release date ticking ever closer, the studio has dropped an all-new trailer for the movie alongside a deliciously intimidating poster which reveals Maleficent back to her beautiful best. You can check them both out below:
“Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” is a fantasy adventure that picks up several years after “Maleficent,” in which audiences learned of the events that hardened the heart of Disney’s most notorious villain and drove her to curse a baby Princess Aurora. The film continues to explore the complex relationship between the horned fairy and the soon to be Queen as they form new alliances and face new adversaries in their struggle to protect the moors and the magical creatures that reside within.
While I was highly critical of the first movie, this new chapter looks thoroughly entertaining. Turning Maleficent into an antihero during the first movie was nothing short of character assassination and I am delighted to see Disney righting the wrongs of the past. However, I fear that old habits die hard and by the time the credits begin to roll, Maleficent will be restored back to her misjudged good fairy persona with Michelle Pfeiffer’s Queen Ingrith shoehorned in as the true villain of the piece.
Let’s hope I’m wrong!
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil casts its spell on the box office on October 18th.
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Source: Walt Disney Studios