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Maleficent Mistress of Evil 2019 123Movies: Full Movie is a 2019 American dark fantasy adventure film produced by Walt Disney Pictures, directed by Joachim Rønning, and written by Linda Woolverton, Micah Fitzerman-Blue, and Noah Harpster. It is a sequel to the 2014 film Maleficent, with Angelina Jolie returning to portray the title role. How to Watch “Maleficent Mistress of Evil 2019 123Movies” Full Movie Online in HD
Maleficent 2 May Be the First Sign Disney’s Remake Spell Is Fading
Disney’s 2014 film Maleficent was a commercial success, cementing the studio’s strategy of live-action and photorealistic remakes. A reimagining of the 1959 animated classic Sleeping Beauty that tells the story from the perspective of the (misunderstand) antagonist, Maleficent exceeded domestic projections with a $69.4 million opening weekend, on its way to a $106 million global debut — and a $241 million worldwide total. It was follows by such hits as Cinderella, The Jungle Book, Aladdin and, most recently, The Lion King.
Although criticized by some as nostalgia-inspired cash grabs, these remakes, especially The Lion King, have been paid off for Disney. However, Maleficent’s new sequel, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, isn’t fairing nearly as well so far. The early predictions of the movie opening lower than its predecessor turned out to be true, and then some. While it was No. 1 at the box office on its first weekend, it achieved that by earning only $36.9 million in North America, almost half that of the 2014 film.
The current trend of prophesizing inevitable fatigue for a popular genre of media is as tired as what these naysayers claim that the genres are. In terms of the Disney remake trend, there has been a considerable backlash, with the (ironically) immensely successful 2019 remake of The Lion King ironically being the zenith of this derision.
There’s no denying that this growing resentment toward the movies could have affected Maleficent 2’s monetary intake. This is bolstered by the fact that it is no less than the fourth live-action Disney film lifted from a cartoon this year alone, superseded by Dumbo, Aladdin, and the aforementioned The Lion King. Another is already around the corner in the form of The Lady and the Tramp while there are already plans for live-action remakes of other Disney classics, such as The Little Mermaid and Mulan.
It’s possible viewers really are already dropping out, hoping to send a message of disinterest at the height of these remake’s release. The film is also coming out after a particularly bloated summer, though that didn’t seem to affect the likes of Aladdin. Compared to the much strict adherence to the animated originals seen in this year’s past Disney live-action releases, both Maleficent movies are far looser with the source material. They’re still, nonetheless, seen as live-action remakes, a status that is becoming more and more groan-inducing than crowd-pleasing.
The Halloween release date for Maleficent 2 was no doubt intentional, given its darker tone and witchy subtitle. That release window unfortunately put it up against some hefty competition. Joker, despite having been out for weeks by then, was and is still going strong, although the Mistress of Evil is currently putting up a tougher fight than expected. In fact, it’s recently become the highest-grossing R-rated film of all time. The film had considerable buzz leading up to its release, and attracted considerable attention for its potentially controversial nature, making its release far more anticipated than the comparatively low-key release of Maleficent 2.
The same week as Maleficent’s release, the long-awaited Zombieland: Double Tap came out, as well, and Terminator: Dark Fate is around the corner. Joker and Zombieland — and, soon, Terminator — would have drawn in an older audience, namely one that may have felt neglected during the particularly blockbuster-heavy, family-friendly summer. This adult appeal would obviously not have extended to Maleficent 2, which, in spite of its much darker take on the Sleeping Beauty lore, was still very much a Disney movie. It didn’t help that Joker, in particular, is predicted to become a big Awards hit, and considered by many to be a breath of fresh air for the ever-popular comic book movie genre.
Another issue with Maleficent 2, especially compared to Aladdin and The Lion King, was the relative lack of nostalgia for the property. The latter two films were remakes of movies made during Disney’s renaissance era, with The Lion King becoming a worldwide cultural phenomenon and has retained this status during the passing years.
Sleeping Beauty, on the other hand, was released in 1959. While still a classic in the pantheon of Disney animated movies, the film doesn’t have as much nostalgic childhood resonance as other more recent source movies. The same can be applied to the 2019 live-action remake of Dumbo. The original Dumbo was another hallowed classic from a bygone era, released during World War II. There’s also the five-year gap between the release of the first movie and this one, possibly dwindling audience interest even further.
The film’s mixed word-of-mouth reception hasn’t helped things, either, with few seeing it as an improvement on the tepidly received first film. However, with box figures starting to turn slowly around, it may still prove to be a sleeper hit. Whether this happens or not, it would seem that Disney’s live-action remake magic is strongest among its most popular properties. Disappointing films like Dumbo and Maleficent may make fans even warier (and wearier) of the remakes in general.
Directed by Joachim Rønning, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil stars Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Michelle Pfeiffer, Ed Skrein, Jenn Murray, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Juno Temple and Brenton Thwaites. The film is now playing worldwide.