Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, the sequel to Disney’s most ambitiously different live-action “reimagining” of an animated classic, firmly establishes Maleficent as the studio’s most gloriously weird franchise. It’s a female-led, wickedly subversive dark fairy tale with a “Frazetta-does-Hot Topic” high-fantasy aesthetic and dominated (occasionally in the most suggestive sense possible) by Jolie, flashing a blinding vampire smile of ivory fangs and blood-red lips as the ultimate 21st century Goth Goddess.

This is Escape to the Movies with Bob Chipman, talking about Maleficent: Mistress of Evil.

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