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Film Review: The Descendants (2011)
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The Descendants (2011). Directed by Alexander Payne, and based on the book by Kaui Hart Hemmings. Matt King (George Clooney) is a Hawaiian lawyer, who is also part of a large family that have been bequeathed a large quantity of Hawaiian land worth. Against the backdrop of a decision about selling the last huge and valuable piece of land, Matt's wife is very badly hurt in a boat accident, and left in a coma. He has to face the reality of their marriage, as well as connecting with his two problematic daughters. The Descendants isn't my typical sort of film, but I was trapped on a plane with things I'd seen already, or really didn't want to watch, so I gave it a whirl. In terms of positives: the story is both charming, gritty, and believable. George does "Sad Clooney" (as opposed to "Action Clooney") which is starting to get a little boring, but was still sufficiently interesting. In terms of negatives: neither of the children playing the daughters are particularly engaging. Those who enjoy heartfelt stories about dysfunctional (real) people and families should like it. Those who don't should avoid. 4/5 (Good)
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I was surprised at how much I enjoyed that film

Me too. I had thought about watching it, but just didn't think it would be my cup of tea, plus it looked a bit grim (I tend to avoid most depressing films, because I'm depressed enough!). Glad I watched it though :-)

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