Movie Review: The Descendants (2011)

Matt King is an indifferent husband and father of two girls, who is forced to re-examine his past and embrace his future when his wife suffers a boating accident off of Waikiki. The event leads to a rapprochement with his young daughters while Matt wrestles with a decision to sell the family’s land handed down from Hawaiian royalty and missionaries.  Release Date:  December 9th, 2011

Stars: George Clooney, Shailene Woodley and Amara Miller

My Review:

As soon as this movie came out, everyone was saying that George Clooney was going to be nominated for his role in this movie.  Hearing that it made me curious about The Descendants, wondering if it was as good as the critics were claiming.  I thought it was pretty good, not the best movie I’ve ever seen but it was good.  You feel so bad for George Clooney’s character after he hears that his wife, who is in a comma from a boating accident has been having an affair.   He feels alone even with his two girls in the house.  He is under a tremendous amount of stress from his wife’s comma, affair, trying to raise his daughters and now he is trying to figure out what to do with a huge piece of land that he owns.  His family wants him to sell, but in his heart he doesn’t want to because of the history the island has.  It’s a very heartfelt story with a few spots of comedy and drama mixed in.  I feel like this movie wouldn’t be for everyone though.  If you’re not someone who likes DEEP movies than this may not be the one for you.  I’m not sure how I felt about how it ended.  I didn’t really have any emotion when it was over, not happy for him or sad for his family.  I didn’t feel satisfied with how the outcome of the story.  If you like George Clooney than watch this because you’ll get to see a different type of character than you’re use to seeing from him.   Overall, it was a good movie but I’m left feeling unsatisfied.

My Rating: B

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