I went to the theatre anticipating a good experience . After all, I have always considered George Clooney one of my favorite actors. This goes way back to when he played Falconer on the defunct series “Sisters.” And nothing defines the nineties better than seeing George Clooney screaming at authority figures as rebel doctor on NBC ‘s legendary ER . I was even one of the few people that thought he made a good Batman in “Batman and Robin” Clooney has always remained a movie star’s movie star. He doesn’t seek fame or take the goody baskets at Red Carpet events and award shows. He is also known for his permanent bachelor status and is in no hurry to settle down at this writing. But it is always hard to imagine the perpetual bachelor as a father, so this was my dilemma.
Clooney played Matt King, a Hawaiian land baron who has way too much on his plate. He is to decide the fate of land that has been left to his family line which dates back to the Kings of Hawaii, and at the same time deal with a wife in a coma from a boating accident. He decides that it is family time and tries to be a good father to his two daughters, Scottie and Alexandra. As the family tries to bond in this crisis, King finds out that his comatose wife has been unfaithful. He and his daughters go in search of the man who threatens the happiness of their family. The beautiful scenery of Hawaii of adds to the film that was directed by Alexander Payne. Payne is also known for the movies “Sideways” and “Election.” The movie also stars Matthew Lillard , Beau Bridges, and Chicago’s own Judy Greer.
“The Descendants” will be a film that will warm your heart and bring a tear to your eye. Don’t exepct the cool and calm Danny Ocean type of the “Oceans franchise.” This is Clooney as he gets to the heart and melts yours. Probably one of his strongest performances and is a good contender for Oscar on the 26th.