The Descendants – The STiXXclusive Review
We all face difficult challenges in life; major decisions that can impact a span of a few people to millions of people, depending on who you are. It`s tough being a person in a position to make all of that happen, because there are always factors that can swing your decision either in a positive way or a negative one. It`s a pendulum, and nobody but you knows the final decision. In The Descendants (starring George Clooney), Matt King is definitely in a bad position. Between a business deal that could make his whole family rich, dealing with the fact that his wife is in a coma, being a father to 2 girls (that`s like 8000 problems on its own), and finding out dark secrets in between that time? Ya, that’s crazy. How could you imagine being in that position at that time? You can’t, which is why they make these movies.
I’m ashamed to say that I haven’t watched a lot of George Clooney movies. I didn’t watch Michael Clayton, I didn’t watch Up in the Air, shoot, and I didn’t even watch Syriana. He usually does roles that wouldn’t have caught me a few years ago, but now that I’m more of a movie-goer and I’m diversifying my movie knowledge (to a certain extent), I can believe the hype. George is a phenomenal actor. Period. He can be serious, he provides great humour, and he can bring out emotions better than most.
In this movie, Matt King is a Lawyer, a husband, a father, and an important figure in Hawaii. You would think that when you say Hawaii, it’s all glitter and sunshine and paradise and rainbows, but remember; it’s still in the United States, so…it’s not ALL that great. Only what’s really depicted in movies and television. They have their struggles like anyone else, and that’s what people fail to realize. His wife is in a coma, he has 2 out of control daughters who are pretty much going through this in different ways, because there’s always a secret that has to be leaked at the worst possible time, and when Matt discovers this, everything changes.
His family roots go back to the first King of Hawaii, so basically through blood, he inherited a lot of land in Hawaii, and of course, people want to buy the land to build resorts, and multiplexes, and all of that junk, right? But we’re keen on forgetting that people live there too. That’s one decision he has to make. His wife is on life support, and he has to make a decision to pull the plug. HARD DECISION! What’s a man to do? Well in all of that doubt, you have to go with your instincts, especially when new news surfaces.
Let me just say that this is one great movie. It was funny, it was heart-warming, and it’s yet another reason why George Clooney is in the top tier for acting in Hollywood. He’s. Just. That. Good. The supporting acting provided by the daughters, Alexandra & Scottie (played by Shailene Woodley, and Amara Miller respectively) provided a great compliment to George’s performance, and also gave me more reasons why I don’t want any daughters. NO SIR!! Nick Krause was a great addition as well as Alex’s hippy friend. There’s no doubt in my mind that George will be nominated for an Oscar for this performance, that’s not even a question. Because of what he brought to the screen showing how much turmoil can go through a man at a very difficult time, and still have light humour, shows you that it looks easy until you’re put into that position. As usual, you know I can’t give away too much in this movie, but I highly recommend this. 4/5 Black Fists. I wouldn’t even mind watching it again, it was that good, and I enjoyed it from start to finish, and I don’t say that often about movies, so take my word for it. But, for now, that’s my opinion, this is my review,
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