The screenplay by Payne, Nat Faxon, and Jim Rash is based on the novel of the same name by Kaui Hart Hemmings. The film stars George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Beau Bridges, Judy Greer, Matthew Lillard and Robert Forster.
The film received critical acclaim from critics and won two Golden Globes and one Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. It was also a large success at the box-office.
The Descendants follows the lead character Matt King while he struggles through some unexpected tragedies in his life. He isn't a bad guy, but a man that was often absentee in the life of his family-members, but with his wife going into a coma, he is left as the sole-parent of two. The film follows their lives as a family, coming to grips with letting their mother go, and one or two other affairs.
The film had a lot of color and personality that makes it no wonder that it received critical acclaim. The acting is tremendously done with George Clooney taking the reins in a strong performance. He comes off as likeable as he does in a lot of his films, but also channels emotions such as anger and tragedy in a way that comes off real and genuine. The other characters are also acted well. Shailene Woodley, who is other-wise known for her role in Divergent and The Fault in Our Stars.
The rest of the ensemble definitely keeps it together as well, the youngest daughter being portrayed in such a way that comes off as childishly immature and realistic.
Like Schmidt, the film captures a certain wonder and realness about the characters, as well as a vivacious sense of character. The characters aren't meant to feel perfect, but there's definitely enough charm to convince you other-wise. For anyone that has ever lost a loved-one, this will strike home well. And for others, it should still be seen as a funny and heartfelt narrative about life and the various curve-balls it throws at you.
Other-wise, there are little things such as the scoring and the cinematography serve as key elements to keep things coming across smoothly.
In conclusion, I could praise this film for a while if I wanted to, but I don't want to waste any time retreading. I'll say that the characters are colorful, the story was warming, and everything else about it only helps to emphasize the best parts of the film. Strong performances from the lead cast also allow for the movie to really shine.
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