Ybay reviews: ‘poor sequel, decent movie’

You read this right, this a review about “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” and not about “Joker.” I went to watch “Maleficent” instead of “Joker.” This was because when my mother and I went to watch the first “Maleficent” movie, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

It was a movie that was a special thing between my mother and I as we had watched the first “Maleficent” when it had came out. However, the new sequel left me unimpressed. I did not hate the movie and I did not completely love the movie either.

One of my favorite things about the first “Maleficent” movie was that it did not feel like a Disney movie. It touched over serious topics, such as sexual assult, and the theater was filled with grown adults and not just small children.

When I went to watch the second “Maleficent,” there were only families with little children which made me a little uncomfortable as I was the oldest young person there with my mother.

As the movie went on, I noticed the very childish charm that Disney movies usually have and that did not cover serious topics like the first one did. In the first movie, Maleficent learned that humans are not all bad and out to kill her. So much in fact, she decides to raise a human as her own child.

For some reason, however, she forgot all about the lessons she learned, as well as her daughter, Aurora, who runs away with a boy and chooses him over Maleficent. I feel as though Disney forgot what happened in the first movie conveniently so they could have conflict for the sequel.

The main “bad guy” was prince Phillip’s mother. I will not spoil why she’s awful; however, it felt as though it was just a random reason to throw at the audience so they can have a villain to hate. I also felt that way about Maleficent’s powers that she develops during the film. I did not hate this necessarily as I understand that it was just part of Disney’s childish charm.

As much as I criticize the movie, it did little to affect the way I enjoyed the movie. I very much enjoyed the first “Maleficent” more, but I still somewhat enjoyed the Disney charm in the sequel, with it’s pretty special effects and extravagant twists of imagination.

However, I would not recommend this to anyone who is not a small child, Disney fanatic or has a weird connection to movie like I do. I give this movie 3 out of 5 stars.