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 I will choose a winner on Tuesday morning.

34 thoughts on “The Descendants (Movie Review)

  1. This sounds like a movie worth seeing i would love to be entered into the drawing…thanks for the chance…

  2. Whoo, Sheila! New look. I like it!

    We saw this movie on our trip to AZ recently. I kind of dragged my husband there, knowing it probably wouldn’t be his kind of movie. Well, it wasn’t. I really liked it – made me want to read the book. He, on the other hand, well, let’s just say that I owe him a couple of action flicks or maybe 5. LOL

    Don’t need to enter me in the drawing. Hubby would probably run screaming from the house if it showed up here. 😉

  3. Have you read the book? I won both the book and DVD earlier this week and am wondering which I should pick first. Don’t enter me.

  4. Since I’m not into high action movies, this sounds more like the kind I would choose. I like your new layout, with its colors. The gray, after the green you had when I first started reading your blog, seemed too blah for you. This is better, especially with your smiling face at the top where we see it when we arrive here.

  5. I like your new header. I’m going to work on my tomorrow! I’d love to be entered into the drawing, though if I do win it, I’ll be reading the book first.

  6. I absolutely loved this movie! However, I can’t help but think that life might be a little better/easier if I lived in Hawaii and had lots of money. Please enter me to win this movie.

      1. Sheila, I first saw her on TV (maybe you did too) in an ABC Family series that I got hooked on because the mom is played by Molly Ringwold. It’s The Secret Life of the American Teenager.

        Yeah, you wouldn’t think it would be my kind of thing, huh? But she does a great job, and she did in the movie, too.

  7. Oh, I’d love to have the chance to win this one. I saw it on On Demand recently, and it’s the kind of movie I like to watch over and over (at intervals! lol).

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  8. Ooh, interesting!

    And whoa, your blog looks so different! I know you always change it during bloggiesta, but I was unprepared for how much you changed it this time! 😀

    1. LOL I didnt even mean to this time Hannah! I was just playing with the sidebar and ummm… yeah, went a little crazy. Still working on it today… have to do something other than pink! 😀

  9. I’ve seen the commercials for this one but had never paid attention to them until last week. It looks like a rather poignant film about families and their inner relationships.

  10. I’m very interested in reading the book after seeing the movie. How about when George Clooney was running in his boat shoes? Never thought he’d look dorky but that scene did it!

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