She Gives Evil a Good Name. There’s a few Disney movies we have been super excited about them finally hitting Blu-Ray DVD so we can add them to our collection and Maleficent: Mistress of Evil was at the top of our (okay MY….) list. It took some time to warm Alivia up to one of the most iconic villians in the Disney empire but with a bit of coaxing, and a bit of rooting for good with Princess Aurora, A was soon as big of a fan as I was.
Normally, we aren’t fans of sequels around here. Usually, they continue on a story that you feel already had enough closure in the first movie so I had initially prepared myself to be disappointed with this one but was pleasantly surprised at the continuation in this story line that kept us glued to our seats the entire movie. Unlike many Princess/Queen movies, the level of action was enough to keep even hubby glued to his seat as the epic battle unfolded in front of him.
Arguably my favourite part of the entire film was the score, Disney always does music right but there was something beyond iconic about Maleficient: Mistress of Evil score that was created by Emmy Award®-winning composer Geoff Zanelli that truly understood that the audience feels the movie through the music in a way that bridges both movies together in an incredible way. We’re a very musical family so for A to hear that the score was recorded with a 102-piece orchestra her response was a “WOW!”
Directed by Joachim Rønning, “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” carries on the story of Disney’s most iconic villain. The years have been kind to Maleficent and Aurora. Their relationship, born of heartbreak, revenge and ultimately love, has flourished. Yet hatred between man and the fairies still exists. Aurora’s impending marriage to Prince Philip is cause for celebration as the wedding serves to unite the Kingdom of Ulstead and the neighboring Moors. But, when an unexpected encounter introduces a powerful new alliance, Maleficent and Aurora are pulled apart to opposing sides in a Great War, testing their loyalties and causing them to question whether they can truly be a family.
Bonus features take viewers behind-the-scenes with the all-star cast to explore the making of “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil.” Extended scenes reveal how Queen Ingrith (Michelle Pfeiffer) manipulates Aurora into questioning Maleficent and accelerating her wedding plans. Featurettes include interviews with Jolie, who discusses Maleficent’s origins and the cast who portray the Fey, and Fanning, who gushes over Aurora’s fairytale wedding. Filmmakers showcase the visual effects behind the film’s stunning landscapes and the seemingly effortless flight of the Fey. Additional extras include “You Can’t Stop The Girl,” a music video performed by Bebe Rexha, and hilarious outtakes, ranging from uncooperative cats to uncontrollable giggles on set.
Again, with not being huge fans of the sequel, we were a bit guarded on this one but felt that with it being set a few years in the future and with both Maleficent and Aurora figuring out their own lives separately that it felt like more of it’s own story, and not a predictable continuation of a story we felt had already finished. This story has a clear villain, and it’s not the Mistress of Evil.
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