Maleficent: Mistress of Evil Review

Jamya Cathey, Copy Editor

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In 2014, Disney shocked everyone when they released a non- traditional princess movie. Maleficent was the first of its kind. This movie was based on the villain of a major princess movie: Sleeping Beauty. Disney recently gave us the second installment of this series Maleficent: Mistress of Evil. Maleficent, played by actress Angelina Jolie, doesn’t play her traditional role as the villain. She rather takes on the hero role in this shocking sequel. We also learn more about Maleficent’s past, and what makes her Maleficent.  

The true villain of this movie is Queen Ingris, the mother of Prince Phillip, and soon to be mother in law of Queen Aurora. Aurora’s kingdom The Moors have been at odds with Phillips neighboring kingdom UlsteadIngris hates The Moors for being mythological creatures instead of humans like her kingdom. Her plan to start war, however, has a deeper meaning. 

What Maleficent: Mistress of Evil can really teach us is how our world is plagued with inequality. Whether it be race, gender, sexual orientation, social status, religion, or income the world has always been at odds. Queen Ingris hated the creatures of the Moors simply because they were not humans. This caused a war well more like a massacre on the Moors at the fake wedding of Aurora and Phillip. Maleficent comes out as the hero saving her subjects and uniting both kingdoms. 

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil teaches us that we have more in common than what separates us. It also shows how we can unite despite our differences. Like most Disney kids’ movies Maleficent: Mistress of Evil portrays real issues in a friendly manner. This movie was very interesting, and I highly recommend it.