Roth Films, Walt Disney Pictures,

Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Harris Dickinson, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sam Riley, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Ed Skrein, Robert Lindsay, David Gyasi, Jenn Murray, Juno Temple, Lesley Manville, Imelda Staunton, Judith Shekoni

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is the sequel to the 2014 film Maleficent. You can read my review of that film here:. Aurora (Elle Fanning) is now ready to be married to her true love, Prince Philip (Harris Dickinson) and the hope is that with the marriage of the Aurora who was raised by Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) and Philip who was raised by his mother, the Queen (Michelle Pfeiffer) that the two kingdoms can be united (The human world and the world of the faeries), and that there can finally be peace. But when the king is struck by another curse, it appears that the split between the worlds cannot be healed and all out war is the only option.

This is a very strong follow up to the original film, and it still follows the same story line of the first film which is somewhat different than the fairy tale we thought we knew. As in the first film, there is no pure good or pure evil and life is a lot more complicated that that. Again this story is Angelina’s film, and though both Michelle and Elle turn in fine performances, again Angelina is truly the star and it’s her movie! She is well prepared to carry the film and in this movie she really shines, even more than in the first. There are really great war scenes in this film, and yet there is a lot of laugh out loud humor and it’s bound to be spell binding for both young and old. This is truly and awesome performance and it is very well done. The imagery is spectacular, and the minor characters are outstanding (and very cute) and some tributes to the original film (both the animated and the first Maleficent film) are really good. The special effects and CGI are outstanding, and this is a film well worth watching on the big screen! I am including the extended trailer for your enjoyment:

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Stone Angels, YRF Entertainment, Umedia,

Nicole Kidman, Tim Roth, Frank Langella, Parker Posey, Milo Ventimiglia, Paz Vega, Geraldine Somerville, Nicholas Farrell, Derek Jacobi, Robert Lindsay

Grace Kelly (Nicole Kidman) was a beautiful Hollywood actress who was swept away and married the Prince of Monaco. This film really begins a half dozen years after she had become princess when she was facing a crisis about her life. Offered a role back in Hollywood at the same time a struggle and potential war with DeGaulle and France, Grace has to decide what her role will be. This biopic tells an interesting story of these years in Grace’s life.

Grace Kelly was a really beautiful young lady. Nicole Kidman took on a huge challenge taking on this role, and she probably did the very best she could. She got the look and feel down really well, but of course Grace was much younger than Nicole (who looks remarkable anyway), but though many critics are simply haters on Nicole, I think she did a good job. It was an interesting choice to cover this brief period in her life, rather than trying to do the entire “This is your life” thing. I think it was a good choice. Looking in depth at this period gave us a much better understanding of the person than trying to do the whole thing. It was an interesting period in the history of Monaco as it was in her life. She was struggling with what her role would be and which way her life should go. The script is well done, and the acting is as good as it could have been. I enjoyed this opportunity of learning more about this person, as I was very young when she got married and never really understood how the fairy tale life came to be. I have no unkind words for the actors, as I think they did a pretty good job. I recommend this film if you’re into biographical stories as I think it’s quite well done.

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