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|Originaltitel:||Maleficent: Mistress of Evil|
|Genre:||Adventure, Fantasy, Action|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 118 min.|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
A few years have passed since the events that became immortal as the fairy tale of "Sleeping Beauty". Since then, Aurora (Elle Fanning) has lived in the Moore Empire. But her heart belongs to Prince Philip (Harris Dickinson) of the Kingdom of Ulstead, who one day asks her to marry him. Aurora's mother Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) is not at all enthusiastic about it. And her reservations are not completely unfounded, because behind her friendly facade Queen Ingrith (Michelle Pfeiffer) forges a dark plan against the world of fairies. What should become a dream wedding quickly turns into a nightmarish war, which also puts the connection between Aurora and Maleficent to a hard test….
Everyone knows the fairy tale of "Sleeping Beauty" and also the Disney movie from 1959 should be known to most. The evil witch Maleficiz - in the original Maleficent - left a special impression here. In 2014, director Robert Stromberg asked himself what would have happened if Maleficent wasn't really evil at all, if the villain in this fairy tale was a completely different one? That was the initial idea of "Maleficent - The Dark Fairy", a pictorial fantasy fairy tale, which, despite some clear weaknesses, was able to record more than 750 million dollars worldwide.
With "Maleficent: Powers of Darkness", the fairy tale is now told further. What I didn't like about the first movie - especially the three annoying fairies - unfortunately also has a negative effect on the second movie. Moreover, the script is extremely unoriginally stolen from set pieces of other films. One sequence is almost 1:1 taken from "Avatar". No question, the film has some show values. And Angelina Jolie makes this role obviously fun, from which some scenes can clearly profit. But overall the whole thing seems very uninspired and doesn't radiate any fantastic charm at all.
In addition, there is also a too strong discrepancy between very childlike aspects and moments in which the whole thing is a very dark and brutal fantasy adventure that will absolutely frighten little children (hence the legitimate release from the age of 12). This makes the film look very undecided, it is neither fish nor meat. I'm not saying Maleficent: Powers of Darkness is really bad. There are too many good moments for that. But at the end of the day the movie is very insignificant and, even though it's not only big in terms of budget, it seems absolutely insignificant. Once again it becomes clear that great effects and fantasy action alone aren't strong enough to hide an extremely weak script. And a strong Angelina Jolie won't help. Only with some limitations for big fans of part 1!
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