The Descendants

The Descendants

(2011)

Comedy-drama set in Hawaii starring George Clooney and directed by Alexander Payne (SidewaysElection) - winner of Best Film (Comedy) and Best Actor at the 2012 Golden Globes.... More

Land baron Matt (Clooney) is an indifferent husband and father forced to reevaluate life and face some unsettling truths after his wife suffers a coma-inducing boating accident. A personal crisis envelopes Matt, including strained relations with his two daughters and the bombshell revelation that his wife was cheating on him.Hide

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It’s rare for a director to strike the right chord with every film but Alexander Payne has managed it. Moving on from his success with Sideways, Election and About Schmidt, The Descendants will leave you with the same admiration for the guy: he knows how to write about middle-aged men in a slump.... More

George Clooney is his new fall guy, Matt King, and the actor expertly shucks off his cocksure swagger to play a hands-off Dad confronting loss, responsibility and history, in an extraordinarily nuanced performance. And as much as Matt’s character sees his island ‘paradise’ as a myth – the idea being no-one is immune to life – the stunning backdrop of Hawaii makes for a much more eye-pleasing setting than most (mind the Hawaiian shirts).

Clooney is bouncing off his young cast members who get the pleasure of working with a script that absolutely nails teen-speak. The complexity of Matt’s predicament is handled with wit, grace and often disgrace, each of the family forced to work together and, at times, suppress their true desires in lieu of the greater good. Even the supposedly superficial characters – Alex’s stoner friend Sid and the sunny wife of Matt’s wife’s lover– emerge as three-dimensional humans trying to forge the best path through life’s rough patches.

Payne says he hates sentimentality and for the most part The Descendants’ crude-talking kids subvert any mushiness, other than a few drawn-out tear-jerker moments towards the end. But for the most part this is a rich and moving tale. An Oscar contender for sure.Hide


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Loved every minute.


Clooney stood out from the otherwise 'ordinary/real' looking cast. But this is an interesting movie, funny and sad. Shailene Woodley - the older daughter is a real stand out. I recommend it.


BY jab grader

expected more, story line was dragged out when it didn't need to be, as there really was a lack of a story.sorry.


Clunky, TV sitcom like,
Expositional script. Nice relationship between daughters. I guess still worth seeing, but don't expect anything new/ different.


BY blacknaf lister

We really enjoyed this movie. The acting was superb - particularly George Clooney and Shailene Woodley. Moving without being soppy! And the Hawaiian scenery was a real bonus - must visit one day!


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