REVIEW: DESCENDANTS 3

Starring

Dove Cameron (Cloud 9)
China Anne McClain (Black Lightning)
Cameron Boyce (Eagle Eye)
Sofia Carson (Adventures in Babysitting)
Booboo Stewart (X-Men: Days of Future Past)
Mitchell Hope (Never Tear Us Apart)
Sarah Jeffery (Charmed 2018)
Brenna D’Amico (Keys)
Melanie Paxson (Saving Mr. Banks)
Thomas Doherty (The Lodge)
Jedidiah Goodacre (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina)
Anna Cathcart (Old Squad)
Keegan Connor Tracy (Bates Motel)
Bobby Moynihan (Grown Ups 2)
Cheyenne Jackson (United 93)

Booboo Stewart, China Anne McClain, Cameron Boyce, Dove Cameron, Dylan Playfair, Thomas Doherty, Sofia Carson, and Jadah Marie in Descendants 3 (2019)Mal, Evie, Jay, and Carlos visit the Isle of the Lost to choose four new villain’s kids (VKs) to take to Auradon. They pick Dizzy, daughter of Drizella and granddaughter of Lady Tremaine, Celia, daughter of Dr. Facilier, and Squeaky and Squirmy, the twin sons of Mr Smee. The day the kids are to be picked up, Ben, Mal’s boyfriend and the king of Auradon, proposes to her. She accepts; Ben’s ex-girlfriend Audrey seethes with jealousy and her grandmother Leah admonishes her for failing to secure the family legacy by marrying Ben.Booboo Stewart, Cameron Boyce, Thomas Doherty, and Sofia Carson in Descendants 3 (2019)When the barrier is opened for the new VKs, Hades, the god of the underworld, attempts to escape, but Mal beats him back in her dragon form. That night, unable to contain her jealousy of Mal, Audrey steals the Queen’s Crown and Maleficent’s Sceptre from the Auradon Museum. The theft and Hades’ escape attempt has the citizens panicking. Mal, as future Queen, decides the best way to protect the subjects and restore peace is to close the barrier permanently, meaning no new VKs can come, nor can anyone enter the Isle.Sofia Carson and Zachary Gibson in Descendants 3 (2019)Audrey attacks Mal with Maleficent’s sceptre, turning her into an old hag. Mal and the other VKs go to the Isle to get Hades’ ember, the only thing powerful enough to break the sceptre’s curse, though Mal is restored upon entering the Isle, due to the suppression of evil magic there. Celia gets Mal into Hades’ lair, but he thwarts their effort to steal the ember. He is revealed to be Mal’s absentee father and reluctantly gives her the ember, warning her that it mustn’t get wet and will not exhibit its full powers for her. While leaving the Isle, Mal and the others are stopped by Uma, Gil, and Harry, who take the Ember; they agree to help after Mal agrees to release all the children from the Isle.Cameron Boyce, Dove Cameron, and Mitchell Hope in Descendants 3 (2019)In Auradon, Audrey attacks Jane’s birthday party with a sleeping curse; Chad obsequiously aligns himself with Audrey, while Jane escapes into the Enchanted Lake. As the entire kingdom falls under Audrey’s spell, she offers to reverse it if Ben will marry her; he refuses, so she turns him into a beast and begins turning people to stone. Mal and Uma, vying for leadership of the VKs, return to Auradon with their friends. Despite their bickering, they defeat suits of armour animated by Audrey. Uma finds Audrey’s diary and learns she spends time at Fairy Cottage, a contribution for which Mal thanks her. Evie, nervous to define her feelings for Doug, wakes him with “true love’s kiss.” Carlos calms Ben, in beast form, until Jane restores him with lake water. As Mal and Uma are thawing towards each other, Audrey traps them in Evie’s house; they reverse Audrey’s spell by combining their magic, and the kids reunite there.Cheyenne Jackson and Dove Cameron in Descendants 3 (2019)At Fairy Cottage, the kids find only a shell-shocked Chad. When Mal admits that she plans to seal off the Isle permanently, the group implodes and Celia, learning she can never see her father again, throws the ember in a birdbath and Uma and Harry leave. After Evie tells Mal how upset she is for lying to her and their friends, they are all suddenly turned to stone, minus Mal. Audrey takes Celia hostage and attacks Mal, who turns into her dragon form. Realizing she is Mal’s only hope, Uma combines their magic to reignite the ember; Mal overcomes Audrey, who falls comatose, and the curses are lifted. The ember could revive Audrey, but only in Hades’ hands; Ben agrees to send for him, while Uma, Harry, Gil, and Celia plan to return to the Isle. Mal apologizes for lying; her friends and former rivals forgive her as they understood that she was just trying to do the right thing. Hades arrives and revives Audrey, but decries the double standard by which Audrey is immediately forgiven because she is not considered a villain. Mal and Ben apologize to Audrey; in response, Audrey and Leah apologize to Mal.Booboo Stewart, Cameron Boyce, Dove Cameron, and Sofia Carson in Descendants 3 (2019)Mal announces that she cannot be the Queen of Auradon unless she can also be the Queen of the Isle because everyone is capable of being good and bad. With Ben and the Fairy Godmother’s agreement, Mal removes the barrier and creates a bridge, and the people of the newly merged society celebrate. In addition, Jane and Carlos become official, Mal and Ben are engaged, and Audrey has eyes for Harry (after Uma rejects him). In the mid-credits scene, Mal, Evie, Jay and Carlos are seen looking at the Isle of the lost; then racing across the bridge to their parents.Kenny Ortega and Disney don not disappoint again!! The third and final film was bittersweet as it was well written and acted yet sad with Cameron Boyce’s death a few weeks before the premiere. I found it great with fun songs, good and evil uniting to be good and the Disney characters in it portrayed to perfection! Well done!!

REVIEW: UNDER THE SEA: A DESCENDANTS STORY

China Anne McClain and Dove Cameron in Under the Sea: A Descendants Story (2018)

Starring

Dove Cameron (Cloud 9)
China Anne McClain (Black Lightning)
Thomas Doherty (The Lodge)
Anna Cathcart (Odd Squad)

The Isle of the Lost is shown from a distance before we see Mal stepping out of the woods onto the beach of the Isle of the Lost. She encounters Dizzy and begins talking to her. Dizzy says she’s been looking for Mal. Mal explains she arrived at the beach after encountering a glowing orb in the woods that spoke her name, the voice sounding like her father. They start discussing a makeover for Mal. Suddenly, a glowing light comes from Dizzy. It is revealed that the magic is coming from Uma’s necklace, which Dizzy is wearing. Mal questions how Dizzy got Uma’s necklace. Uma takes control of Dizzy, channeling her voice through her.Anna Cathcart in Under the Sea: A Descendants Story (2018)Mal begins debating with Uma, asking her where Uma’s “slimy little eels” are. Gil and Harry Hook appear. They and Uma (through Dizzy) challenge Mal, telling her that Uma is coming for her. Mal backs away from them and jumps off the dock into the water. Mal discovers she can swim and battles Uma herself. (Stronger) Mal is shaken by Dizzy and it is revealed that everything after her greeting to Dizzy didn’t actually happen. Mal explains the whole vision including how she arrived to Dizzy as the first explanation didn’t happen.Dizzy proposes a makeover. Suddenly a voice calls Mal’s name. Dizzy asks if the voice is real, and Mal says that she heard it too. Mal says that she feels something evil is in the air, and there may be danger coming for Auradon. Dizzy and Mal leave and it is shown that Uma’s necklace is in the sand. Uma’s voice comes out of it, saying that danger is coming for Mal. This will presume that the danger is foreshadowing Descendants 3.A Nice little short that is meant to get you ready for Descendants 3, it serves it’s purpose and is worth watching before the third movie.

REVIEW: DESCENDANTS 2

CAST

Dove Cameron (Cloud 9)
Cameron Boyce (Eagle Eye)
Booboo Stewart (X-Men: Days of Future Past)
Sofia Carson (Adventures in Babysitting)
Mitchell Hope (Never Tear Us Apart)
Brenna D’Amico (Keys)
Melanie Paxson (Saving Mr. Banks)
Bobby Moynihan (Grown Ups 2)
Thomas Doherty (The Lodge)
Keegan Connor Tracy (Bates Motel)
Anna Cathcart (Odd Squad)
China Anne McClain (Grown Ups)
Dianne Doan (Warrior)
Dan Payne (Watchmen)
Jedidiah Goodacre (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina)

Mal struggles with her new celebrity life as the girlfriend of King Ben, dying her hair blonde, and maintaining a princess-like personality that she is uncomfortable with. She admits her issues to her friends Evie, Carlos, and Jay, but they are content with their new lives in Auradon and do not wish to return to the Isle of the Lost. Evie scolds Mal for relying on her mother’s spell book to solve her issues. Carlos, wishing to ask Jane to the upcoming Cotillion dance, turns to Mal for help to be honest with her. Mal gives him a sweet that will make him speak the truth, but his dog Dude eats it, magically speaking the truth in English and very frankly as a result.Ben eventually discovers Mal’s reliance on magic, and she comes clean about her insecurities, causing the two to have a falling-out. Mal returns to the Isle, now ruled by her former friend Uma, Ursula’s daughter, along with Harry and Gil, the sons of Captain Hook and Gaston. Mal visits hair stylist Dizzy Tremaine, Drizella’s daughter, who restores her signature purple hair, saying she felt that Mal’s blonde hair was unnatural. Harry discovers Mal has returned and informs Uma.Ben, Evie, Jay, and Carlos learn of Mal’s departure and sneak onto the island to find her, but Gil recognizes them. Ben confronts Mal, who rejects his feelings for what she thought was both his sake and Auradon’s. Ben leaves dejected, only to be captured by Uma, who orders Mal and her friends to retrieve the Fairy Godmother’s wand or Ben dies. Carlos and Jay return to Auradon Prep, where they create a replica of the wand using a 3D printer. They are caught by Lonnie, Mulan’s daughter, who blackmails them into letting her come with them, having previously been rejected from Jay’s sports team based on her gender.Uma speaks with Ben, bitter that she and the others were not chosen to go to Auradon. Ben takes this into account and invites her to Auradon, but Uma instead plots to make her own way there. Mal’s group return, handing over the fake wand in exchange for Ben, but Uma realizes it is a forgery. The group flee back to Auradon, but Mal and Ben’s relationship is still on the rocks. The villains’ children come to terms that they cannot run from their pasts and agree to be honest with themselves and each other. Carlos confesses to Jane but struggles a little bit, while Jay appoints Lonnie as the captain of his team.Aboard a ship during the Cotillion, Ben stuns everyone by appearing with Uma, who he declares as his true love and announces he will destroy the barrier on the Isle. Jane unveils a stain glass display Ben commissioned to show his affection for Mal, who realizes he loved her for who she was all along. Suspecting Uma has given him a love potion, Mal confesses her love for Ben and kisses him, breaking the spell. Feeling infuriated, Uma leaps into the water, using Ursula’s magic seashell to transform into an octopus, Mal fighting back by transforming into a dragon. Ben intervenes, quelling the battle, and Uma returns the ring, that Ben had originally given her, when he had declared her as his true love, and swims away despite his offer still standing. Mal and Ben reunite, Mal surrendering her spell book over to the Fairy Godmother. Mal and Evie request that Dizzy be allowed to attend Auradon Prep. When she is given the offer, Dizzy accepts it immediately. In a post-credit scene, Uma addresses the audience, promising that the story is not over.You may think that sequels aren’t good as the first ones but Descendants 2 is the exception. We get to see more chemistry between the characters and the movie isn’t just focused on Mal, we finally get to know more about the other characters’ feelings. The choreography, the songs, the plot, for me, are way better than the first movie. Don’t judge the movie just because it’s a Disney Channel Original Movie if you give it a chance you may like it.

REVIEW: DESCENDANTS

CAST

Dove Cameron (Cloud 9)
Cameron Boyce (Eagle Eye)
Booboo Stewart (X-Men: Days of Future Past)
Sofia Carson (Adventures in Babysitting)
Mitchell Hope (Never Tear Us Apart)
Brenna D’Amico (Keys)
Sarah Jeffery (Charmed 2018)
Melanie Paxson (Saving Mr. Banks)
Keegan Connor Tracy (Bates Motel)
Dianne Doan (Warrior)
Jedidiah Goodacre (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina)
Wendy Raquel Robinson (Miss Congeniality)
Dan Payne (Watchmen)
Kristin Chenoweth (Pushing Daisies)

 

After their wedding, Belle and Prince Adam form the United States of Auradon from the surrounding kingdoms, creating a prosperous new nation, and are elected King and Queen. The kingdom’s enemies are imprisoned on the Isle of the Lost, a slum where magic is forbidden and surrounded by an inescapable barrier. Twenty years later, Prince Ben is to ascend the Auradon throne and informs his parents that his first proclamation will give the Isle of the Lost’s children the chance to live in Auradon away from the influence of their villainous parents. On the island, Maleficent instructs the four chosen children to find and steal the Fairy Godmother’s magic wand to release the villains. The children, those of the Evil Queen, Jafar, Cruella de Vil, and Maleficent, are Evie, Jay, Carlos, and Mal.
Travelling to Auradon Prep, the four meet Ben and his self-proclaimed girlfriend Audrey, daughter of Princess Aurora, and the Fairy Godmother, who is the school’s headmistress. Evie uses her mother’s pocket-sized magic mirror to locate the magic wand, located in a nearby museum, but they fail to steal it. Learning the Fairy Godmother will use the wand during Ben’s coronation, the four wait it out by attending classes but start to fit in with the students. Jay is recruited into the school’s “tourney” team (a football-like sport), while Carlos surpasses his cynophobia by befriending the school mutt Dude. Evie, though intelligent, acts vain to impress Chad Charming, son of Cinderella, but ends up doing his homework for him. Dopey’s son Doug encourages her to not pander to others and be herself.
Mal becomes popular, using Maleficent’s spellbook to improve the looks of the Fairy Godmother and Mulan’s daughters Jane and Lonnie. Learning that Ben’s girlfriend will be seated close to the magic wand during the coronation, Mal creates a cookie laced with a love potion and gives it to Ben, who falls madly in love with her, much to the shock of his friends. On a date with Ben, Mal becomes conflicted with her inherit goodness and desire to please her mother, unsure how to react to Ben’s feelings towards her. During the school’s family day, the villains’ children are ostracized after an encounter with Audrey’s grandmother Queen Leah, though Ben and Doug remain friendly towards them.  On the day of the coronation, Mal gives Ben a brownie containing the love spell’s antidote, believing it was cruel to trick him, but he reveals he was already freed of the potion when he went swimming in the “enchanted lake” during their date. During Ben’s crowning, Jane grabs the wand from her mother, accidentally destroying the Isle’s barrier. Mal takes the wand from Jane, but torn over what to do, is encouraged by Ben to make her own choice rather than follow Maleficent’s path. Mal recognises that she and her friends found happiness in Auradon, and they decide to be good.

Maleficent crashes the ceremony, freezing everyone in time save herself and the children. When they defy her, Maleficent transforms into a dragon. The four children use a counterspell, turning Maleficent into a tiny lizard, based on the amount of love in her heart. Mal returns the Fairy Godmother her wand and she unfreezes everyone. While the villains watch the celebration from afar, Auradon Prep’s students party into the night, Mal and her friends finding happiness.Excellent film for all family. If you know your fairy tales you’ll love this.