Maleficent is the long-awaited sequel to Disney’s live 2014 retelling of Sleeping Beauty. Starring the knock out Angelina Jolie in lead, with Michelle Pfeiffer as Queen Ingris, the star-studded cast includes Chiwetel Ejiofor, Imelda Staunton and Robert Lindsay. Joachim Rønning directs.
Five years have passed since Aurora was woken from her enchantment. Maleficent has been living her life cordially in the moors while Prince Phillip has been courting her surrogate daughter Princess Aurora.
Prince Phillip proposes beautifully to Princess Aurora in the stunning moors setting helped by the fairies and the magical moors residents.
Phillips Mother, the relentless Queen Ingris insists that Maleficent and Princess Aurora come for a celebratory dinner at the castle so she can meet the woman who raised Aurora. She causes a big fight between the recently reconciled Maleficent and the Princess.
Making good use of her army, she gets one of them to use a cross bow armed with iron and try to rid of Maleficent and start a war.
Maleficent is saved from death by the gorgeous Chiwatel Ejiofor who plays Conall (a horned fairy). He stirs her emotions as she believed she was the only one in existence.
Fairies are going missing and the Queens intention is to divide the world of humans and fairies forever. But unbeknown to her, a new army of enemies are on the rise and they want Maleficent to join them as she holds incredible powers.
With fantastic make-up, stunning sets only Disney know how to do, bedazzling costumes and abundant glorious fairy magic, the story unfolds and Maleficent and Princess Aurora need to decide which side she stands tall with.
The special effects are visually incredible and Disney have worked their magic with this sequel. The fairies are totally lovable and you get to escape into a world of fantasy.
If you enjoyed the first offering and want to escape reality for 118 minutes this is a good place to start!
Reviewed by Gemma Crossland.
Maleficent opens on Thursday October 17th.