Review: The Descendants (2011)

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The film starts with Matt King, a lawyer played by George Clooney narrating the skiing accident of her wife Elizabeth who went into a coma and is now struggling to raise his two daughters. The doctor does not think that Elizabeth will survive and as for her last will, they are going to pull the plug on her life support and Matt have to inform the family especially his daughters, Scottie and Alexandria on what has to be done. While grieving to the inevitable, Alexandria told Matt about Elizabeth’s cheating that shocked Matt but nevertheless decided to locate the “man” and inform him about his wife so he could visit her before she die.

I honestly find the plot of the film unbelievably slow. It is not the pace of the film but the lengthy scenes and overly written lines that it sometimes sounds corny and unrealistic. The story about the family land and the debt-ridden relatives is just annoying because it was totally pointless and was just forced for Matt (Clooney) to have something to say about trying to make the audience go ‘awwe” but failed big time.

It was a good thing that George Clooney played the part of Matt amazingly, because this movie is beyond corny in my opinion. Shailene Woodley and Robert Foster provided positive support as well. They actually saved the film.

Overall, I thought the film lacks conviction and its promise just got wasted from its poor execution. Maybe it is just not my cup of tea or I was just completely drawn-out by its “I’ve seen this already” plot. Take a shot at it though, five Oscar nominations would want you to see this one and proved me otherwise but hey, to each his own.

Rating: 5/10

Director: Alexander Payne
Starring: George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Beau Bridges, Robert Forster

This film review was first posted at Pinoy Exchange. Read all my film reviews at Pinoy Exchange Official PEx Movie Reviews.

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