MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL (2019)

dir. Joachim Rønning. Just like previous title, I enjoyed this much more than I expected. Where the first film was about Maleficent embracing Aurora as her daughter, this film is about Aurora falling in love, and how that complicates her relationship with Maleficent. Michelle Pfeiffer is perfect as the evil Queen/Mother-in-Law, and Robert Lindsay (who played the Ben Harper in long running U.K. comedy series ‘My Family’) is just ok as the not too bright King John. The plot is more complicated than the first film, and get needlessly confusing at times. Just like the first film, I wish there was more time given to watching Maleficent being her bad-ass self, when she is making sarcastic jokes, or interacting with Aurora, the film is at its best. The ending is genuinely sweet.