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Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019)

In a movie realm dominated by endless remakes, reboots and retellings of familiar fairy tales and folk stories, Disney’s Maleficent (2014) set out to do something different by focusing on the ‘villain’ of the classic tale of Sleeping Beauty, subject of Disney’s own 1959 animated classic, sidelining Aurora (Elle Fanning) and focusing on the evil antagonist, played by Angelina Jolie. This break with tradition set Maleficent apart, adding some intrigue and appeal that recent cookie-cutter Disney remakes have lacked. Unlike, say, Beauty and the Beast or The Lion King, audiences didn’t know what to expect from this alternative take on the nearly 400-year-old tale of Sleeping Beauty, which was particularly welcome as even Disney’s 1959 version is a fairly plotless, predictable fairy tale in need of a refresh. Now, in the original Sleeping Beauty‘s diamond jubilee year, Maleficent is back in Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, which once again focuses on the villain of the piece, despite her – spoiler alert – redemption at the end of Maleficent.

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