Descendants (2015)

DailyView: Day 248, Movie 347

I was very excited about Descendants. I had not known what it was and when I looked into it, I thought the premise was cool. I’ve always liked the use of fairy tale characters like this. I loved Once Upon a Time and this sounded much like that. A high Rotten Tomatoes score helped to cement the choice.

Then I watched it.

I was really disappointed.

I was bored by it in the first 20 minutes. The music was alright. I mean, Disney knows how to add music to movies, but I felt no connection to any of the characters, the story was sadly predictable and the humor was inane.

The villain parents are so ridiculously over-the-top that it could only appeal to young, young viewers. That is the fact with this movie. It is targeted to young teens. That makes sense, of course. What did not make sense was the Rotten Tomatoes score of 90%. Upon further investigation, I see that there were only 10 reviews on the site for this film. That made more sense.

Having said that, the scene with Mal (Dove Cameron), daughter of Maleficent, and Queen Leah (Judith Maxie), mother of Sleeping Beauty, was well done. How Queen Leah reacted to the presence of Mal at this dinner party was understandable and powerful, even though unfair. That was a character development highlight for me.

The conclusion was sentimental and predictable, but it wasn’t the worst part of the film. Not quite a rave, but the coronation ceremony could have been way worse.

This could be acceptable to the lower teen set, but parents are going to have a hard time finding much to enjoy about Descendants.

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