Descendants DVD Review – can good triumphant over evil?

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Descendants - Walt Disney Studios

My family and I watched Descendants over the weekend. Walt Disney Studios sent me the DVD for review on my dad blog. In Descendants, all the villains and their children have been imprisoned on a forbidden island. At the wish of Ben (the son of Beast and Belle), the children of Maleficent, Cruella de Vil, the Evil Queen and Jafar were invited to live in the kingdom. Ben is convinced the children are innocent and are not their parents. Everyone else believes the kids are rotten to the core like their parents. The kids and I like Descendants. The ending is predictable, but we enjoyed the story. We thought it was funny and like the musical numbers. Descendants is a fun film for the entire family. BTW, while supplies last, the DVD includes a free Isle of the Lost Bracelet. Descendants is available now on DVD. It has a list price of $26.99, but you can currently purchase it on Amazon for $14.85.

Descendants Cast

Descendants featured a cast of mostly unknowns. Kristin Chenoweth was the only cast member I recognized. She played the part of Maleficent. Dove Cameron played the part of Mal, the daughter of Maleficent. Other cast members include Cameron Boyce (Carlos – son of Cruella de Vil), Booboo Stewart (Jay – son of Jafar), Sofia Carson (Evie – daughter of the Evil Queen), Mitchell Hope (Ben – son of Beast and Belle), Melanie Paxson (Fairy Godmother), Brenna D’Amico (Jane – daughter of Fairy Godmother), Sarah Jeffery (Audrey – daughter of Princess Aurora), Zachary Gibson (Doug – son of Dopey), Jedidiah Goodacre (Chad Charming – son of Cinderella), Dianne Doan (Lonnie – daughter of Mulan), Dan Payne (Beast), Keegan Connor (Belle), Wendy Raquel Robinson (Cruella de Vil), and Maz Jobrani Maz (Jafar). The movie was directed by Kenny Ortega.

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Descendants Extra Features

The DVD includes several special features. Some of them are Backstage Dance Rehearsals, Bloopers, and #Mal. The Backstage Dance Rehearsals was interesting and the Bloopers were OK. But I thought the #Mal feature was kinda of lame. Basically it just shows the messages Mal was texting about the characters in the film.

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Descendants Synopsis

In a present day idyllic kingdom, the benevolent teenaged son of the King and Queen (Beast and Belle from Disney’s iconic Beauty and the Beast) is poised to take the throne. His first proclamation: offer a chance at redemption to the trouble-making offspring of Cruella de Vil, Maleficent, the Evil Queen and Jafar who have been imprisoned on a forbidden island with all the other villains, sidekicks, evil step-mothers and step-sisters. These villainous descendants (Carlos, Mal, Evie and Jay, respectively) are allowed into the kingdom to attend prep school alongside the offspring of iconic Disney heroes, including Fairy Godmother, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel and Mulan. However, the evil teens face a dilemma. Should they follow in their nefarious parents’ footsteps and help all the villains regain power or embrace their innate goodness and save the kingdom?

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One thought on “Descendants DVD Review – can good triumphant over evil?

  1. This was the most glorious train wreck Disney Channel has produced. It was a beautiful movie with a great idea and concept, but it was left have done which really bothered me. There was no real explanation on who the other parents were in the situation, the songs (most good, but not all) were too different to create a cohesive tone to the film. The modernization of the heroes made it look like all of them shopped at Macy’s which does not mash correctly with the contingencies of each of the stories.

    I’ve watched the movie about 5 times now with people that had never seen it. I enjoy it the more I watch it, but it is so awkward in parts.

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