[REVIEW] Descendants – ‘Below Expectations’

This year, Disney Channel released one of their most anticipated TV movies of all time, Descendants. Descendants focuses on the children of the famous Disney villains as they were given a chance to live in Auradon, a country created by Beast which united all of the heroes in Disney movies.

This would be the first time Disney would create a movie based on the Disney Universe (as dubbed by the fans) and people are getting excited. This movie is helmed by High School Musical and This is It director/choreographer Kenny Ortega and stars Disney Channel’s current lineup of stars, Dove Cameron, Mitchell Hope, Sofia Carson, Booboo Stewart and Cameron Boyce.

The movie starts with Prince Ben (Mitchell Hope) who makes his first proclamation as he is going to be crowned king in a couple of weeks. His first proclamation was to give chance to the children of the villains to study in Auradon Prep. King Beast and Queen Belle quickly agrees. Back on the Isle of the Lost, Mal (Dove Cameron) with her friends Carlos (Cameron Boyce), Evie (Sofia Carson) and Jay (Booboo Stewart). The story goes on until they eventually got the chance to choose on their path and not the path dedicated by their parents.

First of all, I would like to praise the dance performances and the songs for being catchy and LSS-worthy. The songs were amazing and written by award-winning writers. The cast delivered their roles effectively though Sofia and Cameron still needs some improvement and experience. The performances were noteworthy especially Kristin Chenoweth’s. She’s amazing here!

The story is a bit cliche but was delivered in a not so cliched manner. The costumes and the props (especially the crowns) looked cheap and plastic-y and I didn’t liked it. The CG and effects in this film was not well done as well. The locations also looked cheap and is not the best in there.

I know that this film would have a lot of hit-and-miss opportunities where it could have excelled and made this film the best DCOM movie ever. But since it’s a TV movie, you can’t blame it for being cheap but still they could have striven for a better looking film.


It’s not the best TV has to offer, yet it delivers enough entertainment to fill and cope up with the hype. The songs and dances were noteworthy for being both lyrical and catchy.


Author: Marlo Mancenido

@schtoofeed | Writer of The Movie Authorities, Seeker of the Best | Game writer and designer | Film fanatic | A campus journalist representing Camarines Norte as part of Collab for more than 2 years.

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