The next part of the musical dancing Disney’s Descendents story! Not counting the shorts (which were cool). The movie is about the kids of Disney villains, who have all been trapped on the Isle of the Lost. Four of them got chosen to go to Auradon, though, and three of them are living it up! The last one, Mal, daughter of Maleficient, is feeling like she can’t handle all the pressure put on her, though.
The second movie kicks in with a catchy song and dance number. Compared to the first one, the music and choreography is about the same. Some are grand flashy spectacles, while others are more intimate. There’s a good balance between the two, but I tend to remember the fancier ones. They still make for a fun watch and the new setting really work.
Well, I say new setting, but it’s really back to the Isle of the Lost, and that’s great because that place looks interesting and fantastic. The costume for the people on the isle are just great. Really, the costume design is just great all.
The main antagonist this time is Uma, daughter of Ursula. She works at a fish and chips shop but wants so much more. And her underlings are Harry, Son of Captain Hook, and Gil, son of Gaston. They follow the trend of the leader, the competent one and the goofy one, in that order. The characters are more than that, though, and all three are really interesting to watch.
I do want to mention that I really enjoyed Harry’s portrayal. He has that dangerous drawling swagger. And I’ve seen a few behind the scenes stuff and interviews. Either the actor playing Harry stays in that style all while filming, or he really does talk like that a bit.
Uma is great with both a song introduction and a duel song with our protagonists. She’s dangerous throughout but you do get glimpses of vulnerability under there. She, and her crew, makes an effective counterpoint to Mal and her friends. And movie two goes more into the implications of trapping all villains on an island, including their families.
Also, King Ben, son of the Beast, is hilarious when he tries to go beast mode. He should just not. Intimidating is not something I would associate with Ben. He makes a great and caring king, though, so I’ll give him that.
Mal and Evie get some great scenes, both with each other and with other people. Jay and Carlos, while feeling not as important, still gets some fun interactions.
I really liked the finale dance number. It’s really cool and takes full advantage of their location. So I’m looking forward to more song and dance numbers from the Disney’s Descendents.