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- Director: Alexander Payne
- Release Date: Nov 2011
- Run Time: 110
- Genre: Drama, Comedy
George Clooney reminds us yet again why his acting career has lasted so long and why he has won multiple awards throughout his acting career. The Descendants is an intense drama starring George Clooney, playing the role of Matt King. Matt is a lawyer in Honolulu as well as the sole trustee of the family’s trust which controls thousands and thousands of acres. Matt is in the process of selling the land to Don Holitzer when his wife, Elizabeth is involved in an accident that leaves her in a comma.
The couple has two daughters, Scottie and Alex; Matt has never been close to the girls and finds himself playing the role of both mum and dad in Elizabeth’s absence. It is while undergoing this difficult transition that the doctors inform him that his wife will never recover from the comma. He tells his older daughter Alex, who then discloses to him that Elizabeth, was having an affair. This leaves him in a state of shock and betrayal. He later on learns that her lover is called Brian Speer. He cannot confront his practically dead wife so he makes up his mind to meet her lover.
The movie then proceeds to show us Matt and his two daughters on a quest to find the infamous lover. Over and above this, Matt still has to meet with the rest of the family members to take a vote on whether or not to sell the land. Little does he know that his wife’s lover, being a realtor, will come into a lot of money from the sale of this large parcel of land. The Descendants is excellently written with great dialogue and a fantastic choice of actors. The role of Alex is played by Shailene Woodley. Though new in the acting circles, she does justice to the character of Alex; she is quite like a younger version of Keira Knightley, brimming with talent and potential.
The movie, much like life, is riddled with emotions of sadness, bitterness and finding happiness amidst it all. Mind you there are quite some laughs along the way too. The general theme of the movie is dealing with life-changing moments, which is clearly brought out in the well-written plot.
The Descendants will definitely make it to the top 2011 movies and possibly get a handful of nominations. It was a well spent one hour and fifty minutes watching the movie, and worth every bit of the over-priced popcorn! The plot may unfold slowly, but is a must-watch for every lover of a good story.