This is why I left the Disney fandom. Descendants is supposed to be a FUN. MOVIE.
There is a reason it wasn’t made for the big screen folks they were aware it was a made for TV Disney channel KIDS MOVIE (I repeat: FOR CHILDREN), not for crazy longtime disnerds who’ve always been judgmental of any sort of adaptation of their beloved “classics” without taking a second to realize those classics are HIGHLY ADAPTABLE and characters can be taken and interpreted in different ways because many of them were pretty one dimensional.
And I mean. It was supposed to be. For fun. Not for nitpicking. It’s entirely self aware that it’s a campy movie about good vs. evil and all those typical plots and romantic subplots and I personally thought the characters made it very unique and enjoyable.
BUT YOU DON’T HAVE TO LIKE IT. You just have to manage to keep yourselves from shitting on it in the tag like you have the right to be personally offended by the “horrible things” they’ve done to your “childhood favorites” which, in the long run, are obviously not going to actually effect how anyone sees the characters you love because they are ICONIC ENOUGH NOT TO HAVE THEIR REPUTATION TARNISHED BY WHAT YOU THINK IS A LACKLUSTER DISNEY CHANNEL MOVIE.
Don’t like it? Don’t watch it! Let the kids (and me. It’s my new guilty pleasure) have their fun without sticking your disnerd snob nose in like you somehow get the right to tear down a jokey movie because you’re a “long time fan.”
And to all the people saying that older Disney movies were way less cheesy? Seriously, get a grip. High school musical is the most amazingly cheesy movie on the planet, and we love it for it, but don’t try and pretend like you’re not looking at it through your nostalgia goggles and polishing it until it shines.
Please look at Descendants and judge it for what it is, not what your ridiculous standards expect from something with Disney characters in it.