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Review: The Descendants (2011)

via wikipedia

via wikipedia

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.

2014 Oscars – The 86th Academy Awards Full List Of Nominees!

American Hustle and Gravity leads this year's list with 11 nods each!

American Hustle and Gravity leads this year’s list with 11 nods each!

Best Picture
American Hustle
Captain Phillips
Dallas Buyers Club
The Wolf of Wall Street
12 Years a Slave

12 Years A Slave garnered 10 as expected!

12 Years A Slave garnered 10 as expected!

Best Actor
Christian Bale, American Hustle
Bruce Dern, Nebraska
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street
Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave

Best Actor

Best Actress
Amy Adams, American Hustle
Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Sandra Bullock, Gravity
Judi Dench, Philomena
Meryl Streep, August: Osage County

Best Actress

Best Supporting Actor
Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
Bradley Cooper, American Hustle
Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave
Jonah Hill, The Wolf of Wall Street
Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

Best S Actor

Best Supporting Actress
Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine
Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave
Julia Roberts, August: Osage County
June Squibb, Nebraska

Best S Actress

Best Director
Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity
Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
Alexander Payne, Nebraska
David O. Russell, American Hustle
Martin Scorsese, The Wolf of Wall Street


Best Animated Feature Film
The Croods
Despicable Me 2
Ernest & Celestine
The Wind Rises

Animated Film

Best Foreign Film
The Broken Circle Breakdown, Belgium
The Great Beauty, Italy
The Hunt, Denmark
The Missing Picture, Cambodia
Omar, Palestine


Best Original Screenplay
American Hustle, Eric Singer and David O. Russell
Blue Jasmine, Woody Allen
Dallas Buyers Club, Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack
Her, Spike Jonze
Nebraska, Bob Nelson

Best Adapted Screenplay
Before Midnight, Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke
Captain Phillips, Billy Ray
Philomena, Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope
12 Years a Slave, John Ridley
The Wolf of Wall Street, Terence Winter

Best Original Score
The Book Thief
Saving Mr. Banks

Best Original Song
Alone Yet Not Alone, from Alone Yet Not Alone
Happy, from Despicable Me 2
Let It Go, from Frozen
The Moon Song, from Her
Ordinary Love, from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Best Cinematography
The Grandmaster
Inside Llewyn Davis

Best Costume Design
American Hustle
The Grandmaster
The Great Gatsby
The Invisible Woman
12 Years a Slave

via http://oscar.go.com/nominees – view the full list here!