The Descendants (Movie Review)
Matt King is a lawyer based in Honolulu and the sole trustee of a family trust of 25,000 acres of pristine land on island of Kauai that has been handed down from generation to generation. The trust will expire in seven years so the KIng family has been taking offers in from developers. Just before the family is about to endorse the deal, Matt’s wife, Elizabeth, is in a jet ski accident that leaves her in a coma.
Matt and Elizabeth have two daughters, 10-year-old Scottie and the rebellious 17-year-old Alex. Matt has been a “back up” parent throughout the girls lives and now he is thrust into the driver’s seat as things are not looking good for Elizabeth.
When Matt is told that Elizabeth will not be waking up from her coma he has to tell his daughters, and an angry Alex blurts out that Elizabeth has been having an affair. Matt confronts close family friends who confirm this.
As Matt tries to make sense of all that is happening he is left to deal with his daughters who are hurt and feel betrayed, his own family that is waiting for Matt to get the papers in order to sell the land, his wife’s family who think if Matt had been a better husband Elizabeth would not have been such a thrill seeker and of course, now this mystery man who has been seeing his wife.
I received a preview screening of this movie from Fox and after seeing it was up for awards this year, I was curious about it.
Starring George Clooney as Matt, there is a lot going on in this movie. With beautiful scenes of Hawaii, this is a story of love, and family, and hard decisions. While on the outside Matt’s life looks like the life to have, this whole movie is about a closer look… a painfully close look into a family’s life.
One of my favorite quotes comes from Matt King:
My friends on the mainland think just because I leave in Hawaii, I live in paradise, like a permanent vacation. We’re all just out here, sipping Mai Tais, shaking our hips, catching waves. Are they insane? Do they think we are immune to life? How can they possibly think our families are less screwed up, our cancers less fatal, our heartache less painful?
In the end, The Descendants is not a high action movie like I am normally drawn to, instead this is an emotional drama that will leave you once again in wonder of what the human heart can withstand.
It is Bloggiesta weekend and as promised…. I was going to have giveaways! I have a bonus copy of this screening to give away (full movie!) Just leave a comment here and I will enter you into the drawing. Using random.org I will choose a winner on Tuesday morning.