MY DETAILED LIST OF PROS & CONS:
PROS: What i like about both the 1st and 2nd movies is that there's something in them you rarely ever see - actually DECENT morals. Props to the deep right vs wrong life lessons & the noble fight against intolernace.
and also a sadly indangered act...it ACTUALLY kept the magic in a story revolving around magic.
realistic special-effects without being too realistic...they left room for an immense ammount of imagination. The bear was one of my favorites because you saw the raven in him, as you do pretty much any animal they have turned him into but still...it was better technology than the first movie so you could enjoy that stuff even more. as for the fairies, the wings were proportionate and moved with their bodies in a propper way, and the horns did truly appear to be real, as if they were not glued on someone's head. some people say the trolls & other ihabitants of the forest looked terrible but i did not see this problem.
no ridiculous singing of what should be talking. THANKYOU, thankyou THANK-YOU! all movies should be like that. the only music was music that was MEANT to be music...since i hate musicals i may be bias but even as a child, i hated when they sang in kid's movies. in my opinion is if you like that sort of nonsense - save it for broadway. don't taint movies with it.
also...props to virutally nonexistant cheesy fight scenes that have the people arrogantly talk about how they're better than their opponent as they fight, or literally say what their next move is...really, nobody would do that because nobody would win a fight that way unless their opponent was a 2 - year - old girl. so cheers to NOT doing that.
CONS: However, there are some drawbacks to the 2nd movie.
Ironically to it's title, it is actually much less dark than the first. Would have liked to see Maleficent kill the evil queen like she killed the evil king, or at LEAST imprison her...don't let her run around free i mean really...what happened to her was way too nice for a person who we know is truly pure evil.
like most anyting these days, the plauge of unrealistic villainous escapes is among us in this movie. They could have had COUNTLESS times to fight back against the evil queen and...literally...just STOOD THERE. very, very unrealistic. The largest example is when Arora realized the evil queen is truly pure evil and wishes she had let Malefiscnet fight her. you see this unmistakable change in her decisions displayed as she lungest at the evil queen, wanting vengence. So when she frees herself from the 2 guards, there should have been more conflict there. instead, she, the guards, and the queen, marvel at the swirling ash for like over a minute. realistically, you might gaze in shock at it for like 4 seconds, then you would go back to fighting each other. seeing as arora is outnumbered 3 to 1, if she' fought, she obviously would have not been able to win that battle, but she would have at least tried. and if had she tried...we would assume her godmother would save her at the last possible moment. Somehow, though, even when Maleficent is back, she just hovers there, doing absolutely nothing for an enormous ammount of time, allowing the evil queen to escape back into safety of her palace. that is a...riddiculous stretch and it was very, very dissapointing compared to the fight scene with the evil king, where there was far less unnecessary hesitating.
i really wish Malefiscent had a bit more of a past that does not act like a bad cell connection where you hear every other word. the explanation of the phenix was rushed, and spotty. it was never explained how the other fae knew about Malefiscent's entire life, either. Or why they waited this long to reveal themselves to her.
There are also very shallow moments that should have been very deep. when the evil queen hinted she was the reason for the pain and suffering of forest & endangering it's inhabitants, you automatically assume ok there's more here than just a few missing fae for her latest experiment...it's fae's endangerment and total forests being demolished even before the actual war began and is actually much of the reason for the fae's undeserved reputation among humans. Yet, the audience did not get to feel the heartbreak of these additional victims, because their stories were never actually shown...it was just talked about. it was a really, really shallow moment when it should have been extremely deep.
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