Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The Descendants 2012

I rate this move 4.5 stars out of 5!

The movie title sounds like some ancient or war movie. But it was actually a moving story of a Hawaiian family who had to face the fact that their mother, who had been in coma and depending on life support for the past 7 years, has to be put to sleep. Upon removing the life support, Matt King, the faithful and loyal husband found out something. He takes his daughters on a trip from Oahu to Kauai to confront the young real estate broker. It was a very touching movie.

From Alexander Payne, the creator of the Oscar®-winning SIDEWAYS, THE DESCENDANTS is set in Hawaii and follows the unpredictable journey of an American family at a crossroads. Matt King (George Clooney), a husband and father of two girls, must re-examine his past and navigate his future when his wife is in a boating accident off Waikiki. He awkwardly attempts to repair his relationship with his daughters - 10 year-old precocious Scottie (Amara Miller) and rebellious 17 year-old Alexandra (Shailene Woodley) - while wrestling with a decision to sell his family’s land. Handed down from Hawaiian royalty and missionaries, the Kings own some of the last priceless virgin parcels of tropical beach in the islands.

When Alexandra drops the bombshell that her mother was in the midst of a romantic fling at the time of the accident, Matt has to take a whole new look at his life, not to mention his legacy, during a week of momentous decisions. With his girls in tow, he embarks on a haphazard search for his wife’s lover. Along the way, in encounters alternately funny, troublesome and transcendent, he realizes he’s finally on course toward rebuilding his life and family.

Official trailer: Link