George Clooney is one of the most magnificent actors of this century. When given a role, he delivers as if he is in command. He assumes his role to the extent that we forget about George Clooney as an actor and see him as the character he is playing. As he ventures into another step in his career, he is given a role wherein he is not in control – I mean literally no control at all. How does Clooney perform? He does it so well just like all the other previous roles that were given to him. Basing from how he perform in this new film The Descendants, it is safe to assume that Clooney is definitely one of a kind!
George Clooney is Matt King in a film by Director Alexander Payne, The Descendants. Matt King is a workaholic lawyer who lives in Hawaii. Matt has a descent life. He lives with his wife Elizabeth (Shailene Woodley), 17 year old daughter Alexandra (Shailene Woodley) and 10 year old daughter Scottie (Amara Miller).
An accident happens to Elizabeth living her in a condition of irreversible and deep coma. This awakens Matt to see things much better than he did before. He comes up with a lot of realizations regarding how he was as a man, a husband and a father to his children. There is a lot placed on Matt’s plate which is too hard for him to handle. He gets too overwhelmed with the responsibility of being a father, a husband and a lawyer all at the same time.
Before Elizabeth met her fate, Matt did not have to deal with being a father. All that he has to do was earn money – lots and lots of them – for his family. He assumed that Elizabeth did her role to guide their children but unfortunately Elizabeth also did her own thing living no one to take care of the children. In turn after his wife’s accident, Matt has to deal with a teenage daughter who is a drug addict. He also has to deal with a middle school child who always sends profane texts to her classmates. More than that, he has to deal with his wife in coma. But wait; there is still the worst part. What is most frustrating above all is amidst all of these obstacles, Matt learns from his daughter Alex that his wife Elizabeth had an affair with another man. Nothing can be more devastating than hearing all of these sad news all at once.
How can he be a good father to his children whom he barely knows? How can he be a good carer to his wife who not only betrayed him for another man but betrayed him for not doing her part as a mother to their children? How is he supposed to balance all of these things with his busy life as a lawyer and a man who has the ultimate power regarding their whole family’s 25,000 acre land (for your information, this land already has a buyer and his entire family is waiting for him to make the deal just so they can get their share)?
So much can be seen in this film. This is not only a family movie but there are bits and pieces of comedy in it as well. The viewer will witness the hilarious jokes of Alex’s boyfriend Sid ((Nick Krause) who is so goofy. He always leaves comments that seem to be too absurd for adults to accept yet turns out to be funny sometimes. The supporting characters were also well chosen and gave out superb acting to make the main characters stand out a bit more but not outshine them. Among them are Elizabeth’s abrasive father (Robert Forster) and a real estate agent (Matthew Lillard), who is also the other man in Elizabeth’s life.