I loved how much was said in the Descendants without being expressly said. There's a lot of subtleties I think people who diss the movie missed. The Villain Kids say A LOT about their home lives without saying it out loud. Their silence (even villains love their kids) and other off comments (where I come from it's prepare to die sucker) speak volumes. Even their dancing differs so dramatically to Aurodon. I think if people watch it a second time, looking for subtleties, it's really deep.
Yes its a really amazing movie. (I just finished watching it again lol).
There a lot of subtleties you realize the second time around. I realized that once I watched it the second time.
Like how much the Evil Queen’s behavior with Evie contrasts with the other kids parents.
The way the kids behave in general is a very expressive form of their home lives just like you said.
You realize a lot when Mal is suddenly so torn when Ben tells her she isn’t evil.
And when Ben and Carlos are talking the way he sort of trails off when laughing.
When upon seeing his Dad’s statue Jay says “Killer” and being the first one to want out of the room.
The whole thing is a very good way Disney expressed that love and nourishment is required otherwise people don’t turn out the best.
Mal is so disbelieving when Ben tells her he cares (after she realizes the spell is over). Jay is always for himself in the beginning and Carlos is generally very quiet and indifferent. He is used to be treated roughly so I figured that’s why he doesn’t pick fights very often or doesn’t work hard to get out of them. Evie (although its expressed her Mom loves her) is always copying her in everything she can. The girls SAID they were afraid of their moms sometimes.
The thing this movie showed was that 3 of the kids had awful parents. One of the parents wasn’t really that bad of a “parent” but a bad “person” .
I think that’s just as important to show that because people are bad doesn’t always mean they hate or abuse their kids or are bad parents. Descendants explains both things very well.
It touches on a lot of things that are important and what’s interesting is that it expresses it in such a way that kids will understand it better. Why? Because kids are very smart and receptive and if they don’t understand the whole concept they will slowly understand it bit by bit. A child’s mind works differently from adults and they pick up on more than they let on.
I bet some kids realized things in the story even we haven’t realized yet.
You need to have an open mind for new things. That’s what Disney teaches us doesn’t it ?