…, the sequel of ”Maleficent” created five years ago, succeeded in making me be a part of the story, from the very beginning until the end. For almost two hours I felt like I was in between the two worlds fighting for supremacy, being extremely difficult for me to be intolerant regarding one or another: the humans’ earth or the savage realm of natural elements and dark fey. The name fey comes from the old word fae, meaning a fairy or a legendary creature which is to become extinct. And if you take some of your time to see this beautiful film, you will understand why the term is perfectly chosen.
I couldn’t judge any of these worlds or their characters, as humans can’t be judged for their weaknesses of power and control, or the fey for simply wanting to survive and to live peacefully. In order to reach a balance, every world and every character has their bad and their good sides. The Queen wants to harm as she was hurt before, long time ago. Maleficent became evil for the same reason as one can recall from the first part. Both are in a way saved by love. The Queen loves her son; Maleficent loves Aurora and fights for her kind, discovering once more the mysterious way in which this feeling works for the better. As an additional proof, she finds out who she is, her roots, reconnecting with the purpose for which she was born.
‘’Maleficent: Mistress of Evil’’ gives you the freedom to understand as much as you want to. If you want to watch it as a fairy tale, no one will try to make you see it from another perspective. If you choose to watch it as an ecological manifesto of our times, it’s fine as well. If you are a fan of the feminist movement, you’ll see the woman in all her attributes, from beauty and kindness to ugliness and revenge. If you believe that our world is a poorer place because it lacks mystery, legends and folklore, well, you will be surprised to see that you’ll find your answers as well.
If you want to perceive all of the above and more…who am I to say otherwise? All I can state is that I didn’t feel that my time was wasted, on the contrary. Perfect actors and actresses- Angelina Jolie and Michelle Pfeiffer offer a true royalty with their performances-, extraordinary special effects, make-up and sceneries, as well as a great script…what is there not to admire and appreciate?
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