My opinions regarding MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL are my own. Although, my 9th grade daughter and I were invited to attend a media/blogger pre-screening of the film, this movie review is unbiased and I am under no obligation to publish a favorable movie review for Disney, et al. My intent is to help you make the best decision for your family, and who would most appreciate and enjoy this sequel to MALEFICENT (2014).
MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL is an intense and dark fairy tale, that includes characters in peril, war and beloved characters massacred. Children who are able to process and understand elements of movies like THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE (2005) and MALEFICENT (2014) should be able to handle this high-PG feature film. This movie has been described as “deliciously evil”, so if that’s your jam, then you’ll love it.
MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL begins five years later. Aurora (Elle Fanning) receives a marriage proposal from Prince Philip (Harris Dickinson) and they are excited to take their relationship to the next level. Meanwhile, Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) and her goddaughter, Aurora, begin to question the complex family ties that bind them. They find themselves pulled in different directions by impending nuptials, unexpected allies and dark new forces at play.
Their relationship, born of heartbreak, revenge and ultimately love, has flourished. Yet, the hatred between man and the fairies still exists. Aurora’s impending marriage to Prince Phillip is cause for celebration in the human kingdom of Ulstead and the neighboring fairy land ‘the Moors’, as the wedding serves to unite the two worlds.
When an unexpected encounter introduces a powerful new alliance, Maleficent and Aurora are pulled apart to opposing sides in a Great War, testing their loyalties and causing them to question whether they can truly be family.
As an adult, I was equally impressed with this movie as I was with the first. The wonderful cast and complex characters were further enhanced by the magnificent effects, gorgeously fantastic costumes and amazing scenery. The entire audience was captivated by this fairy tale from the opening breath-taking sequence. If you liked MALEFICENT, you will love MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL.
As a mom, however, I am very aware of characters and themes that could potentially confuse or disturb impressionable and young minds. There were several intense scenes that concerned both my daughter and me. Those emotionally harsh roller coaster sequences that are supposedly PG and child-focused, caused us to question the PG-rating. My daughter was surprised by the level of devastation, and ended up completely heartbroken at one point. She was sobbing uncontrollably, even though she logically knew that the story would have a happy ending.
According to Stella Rating: Family Viewing Disclaimer (1/low – 5/high scale)
MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL is rated PG. I would place it as a high-PG (low PG-13), for peril/action, intense sequences of fantasy action/violence and brief scary images.
Scenes include: a few kissing scenes and several cleavage revealing outfits; many scenes of armed attacks leading to death on and off-screen with some bloody wounds shown; and while the planned mass murder of woodland creatures is halted, many innocent creatures do die; and discussions of war and peace and some name-calling. Therefore, I give MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL the following rating:
- 2 – SEX/NUDITY
- 3 – VIOLENCE/GORE
- 1 – PROFANITY
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