In recent years, live-action retelling of animated classics has become as popular as superhero movies.
We’ve Simba turning from a 2D lion to an adorable big and furry cat, we’ve got Mulan who’s now Liu Yifei and back in 2014, we’ve got Maleficent, a classic character from Sleeping Beauty who’s played by Angelina Jolie, who also happens to breathe life into Lara Croft, a franchise that’s adapted from a video game.
Lest you’re not aware, Maleficent is a dark fairy, and depending on how you see her, she’s either a villain or a hero. A Disney character that wasn’t well-known back then, the fairy was propelled into international stardom in 2014, when a film dedicated just for the character was released.
Back then, reviews were mixed but it earned enough for a sequel; the film cost USD$263 million to make and earned over USD$758 million. Unlike another Disney’s cult hit Frozen, the film was soon forgotten until this month, when the sequel dropped.
Called Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, the role is reprised by the 44-year-old Angelina Jolie, who was praised for her acting in the first film.
So, given that there are not many new movies in threatres now, should