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George Clooney plays one of the titular descendants, someone whose family has great historical significance to the Hawaiian Islands. In fact, he and his many cousins own a great tract of undeveloped land that plays a major role in the film's fascinating side story. Front and center, however, is a more personal tale of family dysfunction and pulling together in crisis. When Clooney's somewhat estranged wife is incapacitated in an accident, Clooney must take charge of his troublesome teenage daughter (an astute Shailene Woodley) and his rebellious younger girl (an appealingly unexpected Amara Miller).Read more ›
The story itself is simple. George Clooney plays Matt King, a successful Hawaiian lawyer and sole trustee of pristine land on Kauai Island. His wife Elizabeth has been in coma since the boating accident a few weeks ago. Having been too busy, he doesn't know how to talk to his two daughters, precocious 10-year-old Scottie (Amara Miller) and rebellious 17-year-old Alex (Shailene Woodley). In his voiceover Matt pleads with his wife to wake up.
Ironically it is Matt who has to "wake up." He learns that his comatose wife had been "seeing" someone. With his wife's health deteriorating, Matt sets out to seek the truths about that guy, with his daughters and Alex's slacker friend Sid (Nick Krause) only to find unexpected consequences. And Matt has to make a grave decision about a tract of land in less than a week.
With the beautifully shot on-location photography in Hawaii, "The Descendants" sometimes looks like a visual travelogue, but the beautiful images sometime hide uncomfortable surprises and facts Matt didn't want to know. The film is part Matt's spiritual journey that is, skillfully told by the director, is amusing and touching at the same time without relying on conventional settings. It may not be all that uplifting, but overall optimistic.
The film is in a sense a character study of Matt (played superbly by George Clooney), but other characters are equally intriguing.Read more ›
The Descendants has many things going for it. George Clooney, for one, beautiful views of two of the islands of Hawaii, a strong story that does not shy away from reality and avoids the sugarcoating so prevalent in Hollywood movies, and great acting from all the actors including the aforementioned Mr. Clooney.
Yet, I cannot say I loved it.
Why? Because it is a realistic take on fatherhood and marriage and, after watching the trailer, I expected something lighter.
This is not the movie's fault. The Descendants is a serious movie and that's perfectly all right. I like serious movies. But not when I am expecting something else.
So, now that you know, please go and enjoy. It's worth seeing. Just don't go for the laughs.
It's mostly a sad drama about a man slowly losing his wife after a boating accident, but there are a few comedic moments along the way that are realistic, rather than forced. The writing and the entire cast are great. I'm not the biggest George Clooney fan, but his work in Up in the Air and The Descendants has totally made me a believer in his acting talents when given the right material. The girl who plays his oldest daughter is very good as well. One of the better movies I've seen in 2012 and worth checking out.
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A great story line bringing some of the past to the present in Hawaii.Published 4 days ago by Helen Carlin
A great movie about a difficult subject -- the loss of a partner, grief, betrayal, survival -- sensitively done, and at times very funny, George Clooney is fabulous, the two young... Read morePublished 5 days ago by YellowLex
Didn't think I would like it...but wow was I WRONG.... it was such a great story and the characters will real and believable!Published 13 days ago by Jae Williams
Fun movie, Clooney does it justice. One to make us think .... about what is truly important in life.Published 18 days ago by Charley
Great movie exploring the complex dynamics of a dyfunctional family.Published 24 days ago by Jenny L Jones