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We were both excited for this Disney Channel movie. We were intrigued to see how Disney would tell the story of the next generation of Disney heroes and their villain counterparts. I had even read the book beforehand. Unfortunately, we were disappointed. Another movie where it seemed like we watched so much and yet nothing had really happened. Also, we were surprised at the fact it was a musical and think it would have been better if it wasn’t. The singing was fine, there were very talented voices, but the music itself didn’t stick out. The only song I actually liked and could remember after the movie was the remix of “Be Our Guest.” That was cool. And can we take a moment to discuss Maleficent?? I am a huge fan of Maleficent. HUGE. And I know I will sound totally hipster by saying this, but she was my favorite before everyone new her name. She was always the best villain. But in this movie she becomes a singing, tap dancing, far less evil version. Now, I think Kristen Chenoweth is great and oh so talented. I really do. But her depiction of Maleficent just didn’t do it for us. The movie had to constantly say how evil she was and how she is the utmost worst and most evil of all villains. I just yelled, “Show me then, stop telling me!” But when they tried, it didn’t work. There were some moments here and there that were fun and I know quite a few kids that love it. When they make more, as I’m sure they will, we will watch them, just with less anticipation.
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