The Descendants (2011)

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“Goodbye, Elizabeth. Goodbye, my love, my friend, my pain, my joy. Goodbye. Goodbye. Goodbye.”

The Descendants

There are many films that tell stories about death and how we deal with them. Some are funny, some are sad, some are dramatic and some are true. But, it takes real talent to come up with a movie that can weave all these elements together – this film has done just that.

To be honest, when this movie first came out – I really didn’t think much of it. It did look a bit entertaining but I will admit – it was not at the top of my radar. However, after it was out for awhile – I soon heard more and more about this film from others praising it’s story of how we deal with the loss of a loved one. So, I decided to check it out. I’m glad I did.

Going into the film, I found myself pleasantly entertained. The main focus of the story was how Matt King (played by George Clooney), an overworked lawyer, deals with his wife’s coma due to a tragic boating accident. As a husband and father, King realizes he has not always been there for his family – his wife and two younger daughters, resulting from his dedication to his work.

Through the whole movie, King is faced with two dilemmas – one concerning the life of his wife and the other concerning the future of the land of his ancestors, which he is the sole trustee of the family trust. With each day, it gets harder and harder for King to face the realities of his life and who he is today. To his dismay, he sees the truth which is not always easy to face.

(Note: For those who have seen the film, you’ll know what I’m talking about. There were a couple moments that took a turn and kind of threw me for a loop. Though, they did surprise me and were entertaining to watch).

Without going into too much about the movie and its details, I will say this film has it all: comedy, drama, sadness and most importantly – heart. It attempts to present a very complicated and serious matter in a very entertaining yet dramatic way. And, to me – this is very difficult to do.

Overall, I really enjoyed the movie. I would say it’s one of those films you can definitely miss (as I did) as it tends to be a bit underrated (kind of like this one). But, when you do watch it – you’ll be surprisingly entertained.

If you’re in the mood for a comedy and dramatic movie with a lot of heart, you may just want to check this out.

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(Note: For those who have seen the movie and/or even read the book, it would be great to hear your thoughts on it. Thanks for reading!)

Happy movie watching!

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3 Responses to “The Descendants (2011)”

  1. 3guys1movie says:

    This was one of the better films we reviewed in 2011. So refreshing to see a film deal with adult themes. Clooney was great but who I was most impressed with was Shailene Woodley who got robbed in not getting a best supporting actress nomination. Also loved the soundtrack for this film.

    • filmgurl says:

      Yes, I was surprisingly amused as well with the film. I think it was a bit underrated just like Up in the Air. Clooney has really evolved as an actor, his roles and performances have really started to become memorable. And, yes – the soundtrack is great! :)

  2. Dan says:

    I really enjoyed this but then I expected to since I’ve enjoyed all Alexander Payne’s films. I still prefer Sideways and About Schmidt but Payne has proven once again he is one of the best writer-directors in Hollywood right now.

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