The Descendants

The Descendants

3.5 162 Ratings

Directed by : Alexander Payne

Release Date : | Length : 115 Minutes

  • Critics Rating 4.0/5
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The Descendants is a sometimes humorous, sometimes tragic journey for Matt King, an indifferent husband and father of two girls, who is forced to re-examine his past and embrace his future when his wife suffers a boating accident. The event leads to a rapprochement with his young daughters while Matt Wrestles with a decision ...more

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“The Descendants is a well enacted and a finely built emotional drama that easily manages to connect with the audience. George Clooney’s performance in the film is truly commendable. Go for it!”

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The Descendants Audience Review

A Slice Of Life Served Fresh

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Clooney says a final goodbye to his comatose wife, calling her his pain and his joy. As one watches this brilliantly performed scene with a lump in the throat, one wonders how close to life the fact is, relationships are the biggest joy and the greatest pain of human existence.

The Descendants is a string of such beautiful slice of life moments which though are happening to someone else, feel eerily close to home and reality.

Clooney is a middle aged father of two girls trying to come to terms with a wife in coma, a teenaged rebel of a daughter and another ten year old daughter he doesn't know what to do with. As he resolves to rebuild the family as a "backup" parent, the elder daughter lets him know of his mom's affair with a realtor. Caught in the dilemma of whether to help the dying wife or hate her for cheating on him, Clooney also has to decide on the sale of a huge inheritance.

Set in picturesque Hawai, The Descendants is heavy yet breezy and comic take on life, death, relationships and how there is no time to hold grudges and whine sometimes when it comes to maintaining relationships.

Clooney, as the core of the film, delivers a nuanced and measured act in portraying a man torn between his love for his family and wife and his hatred for the betrayal in his marriage. His silences, his pauses, take you deep into the characters mind, drawing you into the family's predicament. Brilliantly supported by the elder daughter, he slowly builds his life back, and as life does, moves on.

Alexander Payne tells a very simple story, sans any glitter or urgency while maintaining a hunky dory feel to the otherwise predictable story. Even after second guessing every next plot turn, one is kept engaged and drawn into the story. What also works for the film is the amazing odd ball background score that underlines the irony of the character's lives.

The Descendants leaves a sense of warmth in the heart, much like a hug from a friend when down in the blues. Watch it definitely, it is not one you can afford to miss.