Descendants 2015 6 out of 10
It was family movie night and my stepdaughter wanted to watch the direct to Disney channel movie Descendants. It was a well done yet predictable direct to TV Disney movie. The movie is a fun musical take on the famous Disney heroes and villains from the the animated movies. It takes place in a world where The Beast from Beauty and the Beast has united all of the kingdoms and expelled the villains to live on a remote Isle of the Lost. His son Ben will be taking over as king and as one of his first acts decides to grant the villains children a chance to attend school with the heroes kids.
The Movie itself:
(Spoiler) The movie is predictable in that the bad kids will of course end up good in the end (you never really feel like they are actually bad). The movie features the sons and daughters of the Evil Queen from Snow White, Cruella Devil, Jafar and Maleficent. Even though it is clear where this movie is going from the beginning the fun in the film comes from Dove Cameron who plays the main character Mal (daughter of Maleficent). Dove Cameron is a true talent and shines in this movie.
She has an IT quality like Lindsey Lohan did (before she went crazy party girl) Dove especially shines when opposite one of her idols Kristin Chenoweth who plays her evil mother.
The music :
The music and dance numbers are good but not Disney animated great, with the exception of the duet between Maleficent and her daughter Mal, which is top notch. The dance numbers were great especially the opening number that introduces the characters and the finale. As Disney channel movies go it was a fun watch with the kids . They enjoyed the film and I would recommend it for the family. It was a fun an interesting world that I could see some interesting stories told in. I personally would have liked it more if it hadn't been so predictable from the beginning. It lacked tension that could have made it a better movie.