The first part of this story mocked the saving prince and love at first sight, but five years later Maleficent: Mistress of Evil can already afford to consider that romance between Prince Phillip and Aurora (Elle Fanning) viable, Queen of the Moor where all the magical creatures of the region that governs coexist since the Maleficent Fairy (Angelina Jolie) abdicates.
There is relative peace with the neighboring human kingdom of Prince Phillip, but the distrust remains strong in the collective imagination of that town that recalls a distorted version of the facts of the first film, where the fairy is clearly the villain of history and without no final redemption. Watch it online to see how it ends this time.
Aurora and Phillip dream of ending that enmity and uniting both peoples in peace, a project that Queen Ingrith (Michelle Pfeiffer) does not seem to agree with. The queen is convinced of the intrinsic evil of Maleficent and all magical creatures, something that seems to be confirmed when the presentation dinner between both families ends in combat and with the king bewitched in an eternal dream.
Like a good sequel, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil takes advantage of the presentations already made by the first part, taking action without so many laps and exploiting all that fantastic world it had built. The dramatic plot goes to the background and is flattened, but the themes that had already been central as the search for identity and resistance to discrimination never disappear, only that they become more direct.
The focus is still mainly on the protagonist anti-heroine, practically the only character with some meat. At least now she has in front of an antagonist with a little more presence and who makes you doubt who the film's title really refers to. Not enough to compete with Jolie's work, but at least not to leave her alone.
If the tasteless and flat of the real couple is intentional, it would be a good joke, but coming from Disney it seems something too out of the ordinary axis, even in a movie like this, that is allowed to present as something acceptable to violent resistance against external aggression. As already suggested in the first part and now there is a little more evidence, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil makes a balance between the almost childish profile that it must show and the darker one that he seems to want in the background (but they do not allow it). It is contradictory that there can be no grays in a story that relies all the time on getting out of Manichaeism; that plays against the development of the characters, but also manages to achieve it sometimes.
As an action and adventure movie aimed at the young audience, it works very well, fulfilling its goal of entertaining without problems, watch it now to see it for yourself. But it doesn't support a deeper analysis than that. There are several gaps in the script that fit where they need to happen, and not what would be logical within the proposed, it's a good attempt that never really achieves its predecessor's greatness.
If it happened before with the two teenagers, there is not much interesting in the new characters or how conflicts develop, although it is something that rarely happens in this class of proposals where the important thing is to have a good time, and although its limitations, you will probably have a good time watching Maleficent: Mistress of Evil it will undoubtedly entertain you.