I painted my nails black, put on my red lipstick, and off I went to interview the spectacular cast of Maleficent: The Mistress of Evil. I arrived at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills, eager to discuss the new Disney film set to hit theaters October 18, 2019. The plot twists, the empowerment, and the hidden messages has made this sequel possibly one of my favorite Disney Movies of all time. Yeah, I said it. Maleficent rocks.
I got to the Montage extra early and sat in the front row as Angelina Jolie (“Maleficent”), Michelle Pfeiffer (“Queen Ingrith”), Elle Fanning (“Princess Aurora”), Chiwetel Ejiofor (“Conall”), Sam Riley (“Diaval”), Harris Dickinson (“Prince Phillip”), and Ed Skrein (“Borra”) took their places.
The tone of this Disney Movie junket was a little different than others I had attended before. The topics were deep, and the conversation was much more profound. The cast brought up topics about empowerment, individuality, motherhood, and much more!
“Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” is a fantasy adventure that picks up several years after “Maleficent,” in which audiences learned of the events that hardened the heart of Disney’s most notorious villain and drove her to curse a baby Princess Aurora. The film continues to explore the complex relationship between the horned fairy and the soon to be Queen as they form new alliances and face new adversaries in their struggle to protect the moors and the magical creatures that reside within. The film is directed by Joachim Rønning from a story by Linda Woolverton and a screenplay by Linda Woolverton and Micah Fitzerman-Blue & Noah Harpster, the film is produced by Joe Roth, Angelina Jolie and Duncan Henderson with Matt Smith, Jeff Kirschenbaum and Michael Vieira serving as executive producers.
Angelina Jolie talked about her motherly relationship with Aurora in the new film.
“We are the pink beautiful soft princess, and we are the slightly manic creature that maybe has a very bad temper, and many many other things. And yet I see her, exactly as she is, and I don’t want her to be any different than she is. And she sees me as I am, and she accepts me as I am. And so, it is to say to everybody, be yourself. Be your true self. We don’t live forever. Say to children, no matter how people see you and say you should be, you’ll suffocate. Be your true nature, whatever that may be. And you will find a home and you will find acceptance.”
This hit a chord and was inspiring. It was perhaps my favorite message at this junket. I desperately tried to hold back my tears.
This female empowering film, is way overdue and could have not come at a better time. This sensational and progressive film will no doubt go down in the book as a favorite Disney Classic.
Take your young sons and daughters, and go see Maleficent: Mistress of Evil it in theaters Friday October 18th!