Disclosure: I received a copy of the movie to review. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own and are my honest opinion of the movie.
Press Release Synopsis:
In a present day idyllic kingdom, the benevolent teenaged son of 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, Maleficient, 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?
Our thoughts: My boys love to watch the Disney Channel and were thrilled when they saw the trailer for Disney's Descendants. My oldest son is a fan of Disney villains, so this movie was sure to catch his interest. On July 31st, my boys and I sat down to watch Descendants for our family movie night and it met our expectations!
My family loves many of the Disney stories, but one of the reasons Descendants seemed so interesting is because of the focus on the villains' offspring. We are introduced to the children of some of our favorite Disney heroes and villains. My oldest son's favorite villains are Maleficient and Jafar, so it was perfect that this movie highlights the children of these two characters (Mal and Jay), as well as the children of Cruella de Vil and the Evil Queen (Carlos and Evie).
At first, Carlos, Mal, Evie, and Jay do not want to attend prep school, but they go with the plan to steal the Fairy Godmother's wand. They believe that by stealing the wand they will make their parents proud. However, despite their evil plot, they start to find out that there are parts to the prep school that they enjoy. They also learn that just because their parents are evil, they do not have to follow in their footsteps.
I enjoyed not only the story and message of the movie, but the dancing and music as well. Since Mal made a comment at the end of the movie about it not being the end of the story, we can't wait to find out what's next. We felt that this movie was fantastic and we are hoping for a sequel!