THE DESCENDANTS is a feel-good movie. I thought it's about an ordinary family. But I was wrong. It's about a dysfunctional family. I know, the story itself sounds mediocre. Somehow, director Alexander Payne could make the story feels engaging. It's always interesting from start to finish. George Clooney is a perfect choice to portray the main character. He was able to be a funny and depressed at the same time...
(...) Und George Clooney? Welche Essens sieht Alexander Payne in ihm? Ich denke, es ist vor allem Intelligenz. Nur wenige Schauspieler könnten uns wirklich überzeugen, die vorgeführten Probleme zu durchdringen. Clooney manifestiert sich für mich als der Darsteller, der das kann. Wir sehen ihn, wie er nachdenkt, wir teilen seine Überlegungen und am Ende finden wir die Lösung gemeinsam.
*1/2. I understand the concept of The Descendants. Hawaï, a territory composed of many islands, the Tranes, a family composed of scattered members and cousins. The film is about reunification. Yes! Yesyesyes. And it's about all, folks. Pretty weak for a film d'auteur. Nearly instant crap.
I saw this twice in the theater, and it's probably my favorite film of the last five years. It's too full of great performances to easily single out actors, but George Clooney deserves everything good in his life for the scene of him storming to his neighbors house in flip flops alone. The ending has me in tears every time. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful.
It's nice to see another good movie. "The Descendants" unquestionably doesn't disappoint. There's more about family, marriage, and making the right decisions for those we love amidst heartbreaks and tragedy. Shailene Woodley gives an outstanding performance as George Clooney's troubled but intuitive daughter. I love how this film does things as realistic as possible. It's more than a good drama.