The Descendants–Movie Review

I have no clue why it took me so long to see The Descendants.

I absolutely loved how much setting the film used. Huge beach vistas and busy city streets in Hawaii. Totally grounded me in the story.

The story is about a workaholic father who is the backup parent until his wife has a boating accident. Right after he is told she won’t wake up from her coma and her living will kicks in, he finds out about his wife’s infidelity. Touching, heart-warming, realistic, tragic, humorous, and conflicted don’t begin to describe it.

I have never seen actors act so  flawlessly you forgot you were watching a movie and you were sucked right into their world. You believed this was happening. And you took the entire emotional journey with this family.

George Clooney and Shailene Woodley are beyond gifted. There is this scene where she breaks down in the pool–wow. Just wow.

It earned every accolade it achieved in this New York Times Review.

I’m going to have to add the book to my reading list.

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13 Responses to The Descendants–Movie Review

  1. Samir says:

    Do you enjoy reading a book after having seen it as a film?

    I rarely am able to do this, which is why I like reading books first when I think they’re worth it. Otherwise, I don’t bother and I just wait for the film. And sometimes, a book is so good that the film just doesn’t live up to it that there’s no way I can finish the film!

    For example, a friend lent me ‘The Help’ (which isn’t something I’d normally read) and I loved the book. Then the film came out and after 15 minutes there was no way I could watch it. On the other hand, I saw the film ‘Perfume’ before I read the book and when I started the book shortly after, I wasn’t disappointed.

    What I really hate are the hyped up books when a movie is being made. I just don’t want to read them for that purpose (The Hunger Games comes to mind).

    Sorry for rambling…

    • Usually the movie isn’t as good as the book. Even with the awesome Harry Potter films. So if a film is really really good, most of the time the book is even better. And I think the film was so well executed, I’m super curious to see how the author did it in book form.

      I have to admit, part of the reason I didn’t see The Descendants was because of how amazing everyone said it was. That created really high expectations. But it delivered.

      I haven’t read Hunger Games. I am not a fan of dystopian. I read to escape. If I want to hear about a bleak future, I can turn on the news. There is bleakness all around us. But I’ve also heard how well written it is so I am considering reading a book I don’t like the premise of to check out the writing.

      No need to apologize, I like comments and you raised some great points! 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by to comment.

  2. crubin says:

    Agreed. It was a great film. And the scenery was beautiful (and I’m not referring to George Clooney here, but I guess that works, too :))

  3. jmmcdowell says:

    Oh, I agree on the dystopian. I was beginning to think I was the only person left who doesn’t want to read about awful things!

    I haven’t seen the movie yet—like you said, all those positive reviews can result in a letdown. But now maybe I should reconsider it.

    I really like your review style—to the point. Who has time to read the huge critic reviews in the weekend papers?!

    • I read 1984 in high school. It was brilliant but it’s just not my thing. I read to go somewhere fun. Life has enough awful in it.

      I think it’s worth checking out. The story is woven tightly together and well acted. Go in expecting to be disappointed, then you’ll love it. 🙂
      Thanks JM, I have to confess I prefer shorter reviews. I skimmed the NYT review but I couldn’t read the entire thing.

  4. winsomebella says:

    I loved the scenery but I must have been having a bad day or something because I did not think it was as great as everyone else did. Maybe I need to revisit it with an open mind 🙂

    • Movies and books are so subjective. Everyone raved about Bridesmaids and I was not impressed. I just saw The Vow and was disappointed. Maybe try the book for The Descendants? I’m curious to see how the author told the story in book form. 🙂

  5. It's the little things that make life great.berry says:

    Great flick.o

  6. It's the little things that make life great.berry says:

    It was soooo good. Never dragged at all. Loved it.

    • I was very pleasantly surprised by it. I would say it was one of the best films I’ve seen in the past 5 years. 🙂 Pacing was great, characters were 3-D, great hook, and excellent plotting. They delivered on every aspect. 🙂

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