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The Descendants - Movie Review

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George Clooney gives a powerful moving performance in the Alexander Payne directed movie The Descendants.

Set in the exotic Kaua'i, The Descendants follows lawyer Matt King(George Clooney) who reconnects with his family after a tragic boating accident leaves his wife Elizabeth(Patricia Hastie) living on life support. Forced to reconcile and come to terms with his past mistakes, Matt must take care of his two daughters, 10-year-old Scottie(Amara Miller) and her rebellious older sister Alex(Shailene Woodley). Things take a turn for the worst when Matt is notified by the doctors that Elizabeth was going to be taken off of life support, meaning her life has now be reduced to a few weeks, and also when Alex enlightens him to the fact that his wife was cheating on him and was planning on getting a divorce. What ensues is a heartbreaking tale about a family as they come together to deal with the many issues that they have been stuck with.

While The Descendants sounds like a "been there, done that" story that is simple, the film is in actuality anything but boring or redundant. What director Alexander Payne has created here is a immensely touching film that is then further perfected thanks to George Clooney's portrayal of the protagonist Matt King. Clooney delivers in every department of acting here, making the audience so emotionally invested in the lives of his character and family, that at times you might even forget that you are simply just watching a movie on the big screen. Further, Secret Life's Shailene Woodley proves that she has acting capabilities beyond that of a ABC Family series, as her character, the troubled Alex also adds another level of emotional depth to the family's ongoing issues.

The Descendants is bound to stir up your emotions, as this George Clooney fronted film is compelling, poignant and enthralling.

9/10

by Kyle

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