In one of the year’s best films, directed by Alexander Payne is one of the year’s top performances in the dramatic comedy The Descendants. When a lawyer played by George Clooney living in Hawaii wife played by Patricia Hastie is in a coma after a boating accident he quickly has to learn how to take care of his seventeen and ten year old daughters played by Shailene Woodley and Amara Miller. The three of them have to travel to one of the Islands to look at the 25 thousand acres of land entrusted to the land baron-lawyer but not before his oldest daughter tells him his wife was cheating on him before the accident. This is a well rounded film that runs the gambit of emotions. It’s humorous but not hilarious; it’s emotional but not depressing. This may be one of Georg Clooneys best performances because he isn’t a lady’s man like in most of his other movies but just a typical middle aged man with problems. The rest of the cast is solid and there is no bad acting. (The wife in Acoma especially has no problem with her dialogue) Any one watching this film will be able to identify with somebody in the cast. (Even though there was nobody blind I could see myself acting like Georg Clooney’s character in several instances) All of this is directly attributed to the fantastic directing by Alexander Payne and I’m giving this outstanding film an A rating.
This movie has been given a R rating by the MPAA
Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.