Maleficent Charms Its Audience the Second Time Around

Well, well. They say that love is sweeter the second time around; but this time, a fairytale is sweeter and more charming as it returns to theaters after five years. We’re happy that Angelina Jolie is back on the big screen as she once again captures the hearts of Disney fans.

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is set five years after the events of Aurora’s crowning as Queen of the Moors. Maleficent has been living peacefully as its protector; but because of Aurora’s engagement with Prince Philip, everything has turned upside down. The story is pretty straightforward with a smooth transition when it comes to the twist and turns of the storyline. However, there are some parts of the film – especially in the second half – that just felt flat. Also, there are times when you might get irritated with Aurora and Prince Philip. They made Prince Philip the weakest character in this movie. I don’t have any objections to that, though, as I love how the spotlight was focused on the female protagonists: how they deal with their issues and prove that women who help each other make the world… or in this case, the kingdom, a much better place.

Moving on from the story, this movie wows its audience with spectacular visuals, which is a great improvement from the first installment. We get to explore a magical world that was not introduced to us in the previous movie, which maximized the full visual effects, costume design, and set production.

However, what I think lacked in this movie is good background music to build up some scenes. I am not a professional when it comes to these technicalities, but I felt like it lacks in the soundtrack and some parts of the second half just fell flat. Overall, when it comes to the technical aspect of the film, it is still superb and a big step up.

Now that we got that review out of the way, can I just GUSH about how Angeline Jolie looks incredibly beautiful, charming, mesmerizing, and hauntingly mysterious – the perfect embodiment of Maleficent. Guys, I held my breath for like five seconds when she appeared on screen and that vital scene where all she did was wake up? My jaw was left hanging open for I don’t even how many minutes. I honestly hate Brad Pitt for hurting her (and Jennifer Aniston). She is golden. Have you guys seen her lips? They literally scream of emotions throughout the whole movie. With her every smile and every grin, you can feel all of her emotions in just that part of her face. I need to stop gushing about Angelina Jolie now.

Anyway, here’s a super random fun fact: if you want to know what lipstick she is wearing, it’s MAC Cosmetics’ Russian Red. Yup, thank me later.

For now, let me just thank PMCM Events once again for another awesome block screening at Resorts World Manila. You guys are always the best when it comes to block screenings and if y’all want the PMCM block screening treatment, reserve your tickets for the next one (Charlie’s Angels on November 13) now!

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