Alexander Payne’s The Descendants had enough comedy to reel us in and enough drama to leave a mark on our hearts. Set the story on a Hawaiian backdrop and boom - you’ve got one of the most visually and emotionally satisfying films released over the previous years. George Clooney’s performance as Matt King might be my most favorite performance of his. It stands out from his entire body of work which is mostly composed of pokerfaced performances. The character of Matt King was written very well, and Clooney might be the last actor I could ever imagine to bring such a role into life. The other characters had so much humanity in them, which could excite the viewers more.
HIGHLIGHT: Matt (Clooney), Alex (Shailene Woodley), and Sid (Nick Krause) arguing with each other in the car on their way home from the grandparents - Krause was very good in this particular scene
DOWNSIDE: None.
RATING: 8 out of 10

Alexander Payne’s The Descendants had enough comedy to reel us in and enough drama to leave a mark on our hearts. Set the story on a Hawaiian backdrop and boom - you’ve got one of the most visually and emotionally satisfying films released over the previous years. George Clooney’s performance as Matt King might be my most favorite performance of his. It stands out from his entire body of work which is mostly composed of pokerfaced performances. The character of Matt King was written very well, and Clooney might be the last actor I could ever imagine to bring such a role into life. The other characters had so much humanity in them, which could excite the viewers more.

HIGHLIGHT: Matt (Clooney), Alex (Shailene Woodley), and Sid (Nick Krause) arguing with each other in the car on their way home from the grandparents - Krause was very good in this particular scene

DOWNSIDE: None.

RATING: 8 out of 10

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Posted on Wednesday, 15 February
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