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Official Synopsis: From the creator of the Oscar-winning SIDEWAYS, set in Hawaii, THE DESCENDANTS is a sometimes humorous, sometimes poignant journey, for Matt King (George Clooney) 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 off of Waikiki. The event leads to a rapprochement with his young daughters while Matt wrestles with a decision to sell the family’s land handed down from the Hawaiian royalty and missionaries.
The movie is based on a novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings. The movie is filled with heart touching moments. Some scenes are excellent like the one where Matt tells his 17-year-old daughter Alex (Shailene Woodley) that her mother will never awaken from her coma and what he finds out in return or the scene where Matt gets angry at Alex’s friend or the one where Matt’s father-in-law berates him for not being a good husband or the one where Matt’s 10-year-old daughter Scottie (Amara Miller) finally cries.
George Clooney is very good as always but it is Shailene Woodley who is excellent and steals the show. Amara Miller is very good as Scottie too. Judy Greer as Julie Speer, Matthew Lillard as Brian Speer and Robert Forster as Matt’s father-in-law are good too.
Alexander Payne’s direction is very good. Some may find the movie a bit slow-paced but its apt for a movie like this. The movie has already been nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Editing and Best Adapted Screenplay. It has a very good chance of winning the Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay at the Oscars.
The movie could have been very good as it was a biopic of Margaret Thatcher, the first and only female Prime Minister of The United Kingdom but the bad screenplay coupled with bad direction totally ruins it. The movie could have used a straight narrative but it goes for a lot of montages/flashbacks and one never gets involved or interested in the life of Margaret Thatcher. There is also the whole Beautiful Mind inspired hallucination thing which could have been avoided.
Some scenes stand out like the one where a young Margaret Thatcher tells her fiancee that she will not waste her life just being a housewife or the one where she enters the House of Commons and her struggle being a lady member in a male dominated house or the scenes where she is giving speeches and her being in control as the Prime Minister.
Meryl Streep, one of the greatest actresses ever, is brilliant as Margaret Thatcher whether its the look, accent or mannerisms. The movie however does not do justice to all her effort. She will most probably win the Oscar for Best Actress and it will be a very well deserved win.
The movie has also been nominated for Best Makeup at the Oscars and there is a good chance that the movie might win that award too for transforming Meryl Streep into Margaret Thatcher.
Rating: 2/5Tags: George Clooney Judy Greer Meryl Streep Movies You Watched This Month Movies You Watched This Week Shailene Woodley The Descendants The Iron Lady