Una Chang, Writer
The time has come again – for another movie review. To be completely honest, whenever I do these movie reviews, I feel extremely bad. That’s because I always bash the movie. Since Thor Ragnorak, I don’t think there has been a time where I walked out of the theatre fully satisfied.
Unfortunately, the movie review for Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is unsurprisingly the same.
Although Angelina Jolie’s performance and visuals were altogether wonderful, the same cannot be said for the storyline and character development. These are the two main issues that I have with the movie.
The storyline was interesting enough and made sense for most of the movie. It was just the ending that threw me off. Near the end when the final battle occurs, Maleficent “dies”. The reason why I put the word “dies” in quotation marks is that she doesn’t really “die”. A good two minutes later, she comes back to life again! For me, that made no sense at all. Even though Maleficent is a Disney movie, this plot was the most Disney of Disney movies – which I had a problem with.
2nd: Character Development
The second reason why the movie did not sit well with me was because of its character development. Moreover, it was the character development of Aurora. In the middle of the movie, there’s a scene where the neighbouring Queen purposely put her husband, the King, under a spell so she can kill Aurora’s (her son’s fiancé) kingdom. Then, the Queen puts the blame on Maleficent with the purpose of turning Aurora against Maleficent. And Aurora totally took the bait! She believed every single thing that the Queen said without even properly consulting Maleficent first (who is her GODMOTHER). Who would have thought that she would be so easily swayed?
In conclusion, other than the two factors which bothered me, I watched the movie satisfactorily with no other major concerns. I am sorry that this movie review is another pessimistic movie review – I still hope that I will be able to write a positive one soon.