Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Full Review: The Descendants

Grade: A+

Matt King is a direct descendant of one of the last kings of Hawaii. As a result of this, he and his cousins are in possession of a trust that is a very large chunk of land on Kauai that is possibly the last bit of undeveloped land in the state. Now the whole state is watching him as he decides who to sell the land to because the trust is up in a couple years. Meanwhile, his wife was just in a horrible boating accident that has left her in a coma. He now is left to take care of his two daughters himself, which he’s not used to, but they have all drifted apart and he is trying desperately to reconnect with them during this hard time.

I have been intrigued by this movie for a while but was a little nervous that it would be overly dramatic because that’s how the trailer sells it. Glad to say it’s not overly dramatic at all. It is a very sweet and entertaining movie. I ended up completely loving this movie and it is easily one of the best movies of the year. Writer and director by Alexander Payne (Sideways, Election) did an amazing job with this movie. It is mature, funny, moving and somewhat original. I love movies like this because it doesn’t fit into any one category of film. It deals with serious subjects yet has a great sense of humor. It’s an honest movie that is a great commentary on how ridiculous life can be at times.

George Clooney (Up in the Air, Ocean’s Eleven) plays the role of Matt King. Clooney always delevers great performances and can be very charming but he delivers possibly his best performance in this movie. He isn’t always the most likeable character at times be I was still always feeling sympathetic toward him. If for no other reason, see this movie for his performance. Relative new comer, Shailene Woodley, plays Alexandra King, Matt’s daughter. She is amazing in this movie as well. Alexandra is a complicated character but she plays it brilliantly. The movie also features great performances from Amara Miller, Nick Krause, Robert Forster, Judy Greer, Beau Bridges, Matthew Lillard and more

The Descendants is easily one of the best movies of 2011. I cannot recommend this movie enough to anyone looking for a quality movie to watch. It has great writing and directing and is loaded with outstanding performances all set with beautiful Hawaii as the backdrop. This movie is inspiring and I hope as many people as possible go see it.

Great quote: “My family is like an archipelago: together yet apart and somehow still slowly drifting further apart.”

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