This is a short review of a long movie. The Descendants stars George Clooney. And he deserves every accolade because he plays a real guy in a bad situation and he runs in the movie to try to solve the problem. That’s part of the trailer I saw when he gets struck by something shocking.
The problem is his wife who lays in a coma the whole movie because she is reckless and got into some kind of ski accident on the water in Hawaii where they live. Where Clooney is a descendant of a Hawaiian prince and owns lots of land that the family has to decide what to do with. That’s where the descendants part comes in at.
But where does the love part between he and his wife come in at? We don’t see that we have to only take it on faith that he loved her and they were happy. But I don’t buy it and it makes buying his anger at the affair more difficult too. It was still well told how a stranger changed his life by sleeping with his wife.
But back to the problem is that he finds his wife was having an affair and he wants to find out who the man was. He finds him and tracks him and his wife down and does not back down.
Everybody sells real estate in the movie because it’s Hawaii I guess and white people know they can make a lot of money selling real estate there, so they do.
It has a lot of light and funny moments and good dialogue and lots of minutes. We thought it was a little too long, but it did not try to do too much. I can give it a solid B. And I can see Clooney getting a nod for best actor. Can’t see the film getting a nod for best film though.
However I think the laughs and the acting will help. Despite its sad premise you don’t feel sorry for the family or their loss or anything. I didn’t see that come across. It was not sad mostly funny and mostly long.
- THE DESCENDANTS: Love, Family, and Paradise (bigthink.com)
- Film: Movie Review: The Descendants (avclub.com)
- Film Review: The Descendants (Alexander Payne) (thatfellow.com)
Politicians make policies and George Clooney makes movies. He has directed and starred again in his own brand of movie. It was the same ol’ same ol’. You’ve seen this movie before I promise. Ryan Gosling was great. He was pretty much the star. Clooney the Candidate Morris is the sitting governor running for president. It did not seem like a real campaign it seemed staged and campy and safe. Way too safe.
The acting was good I must admit. But the story was rehash and the scandal was not interesting.
Here goes: Morris has a presidential campaign going and they are in Ohio and are trying to win Ohio because “As Ohio goes so goes the nation.” It’s a must-win state…really? They have the same boring talking heads in the background such as Maddow and John King on TV and saying crap that did not amount to much.
Then there was the scandal. Gosling decides to screw the little blonde bee-worker or intern and while in the bed her phone rings at two in the morning. So he asks her why her phone is ringing and she gets nervous. So he calls the number back and finds that it belongs to guess who: Clooney’s candidate Morris! Wow, so shocking. I was floored…just kidding. Then later she confesses that she slept with him just one time because he closed the door behind her. The big reveal is that she is preggers. Oh no, do tell more she needs an abortion.
She claims to be Catholic but has a real Jewish name and said she cannot ask her father who is the DNC chair Jack Stern. So Gosling gives her the money. In the meantime he gets the boot from the Morris camp for meeting with the other camp and thinking of going there to work because Morris cannot win.
Big freaking deal. Gosling gets fired and the blonde, white girl who he left to have her abortion gets upset when he does not return her calls after the procedure. So, she takes the pills that they give her and she is found dead in her hotel room. Gosling gets there in time to pick up her phone and see that she is dead.
Gosling meets with Clooney and is able to get his job back due to possible blackmail.
Then Gosling goes to the funeral of the blonde white girl he slept with and dumped and then he goes to some stadium or something and puts on an earjack and sits in the dark. Then a voice asks him how he got back on top and now in charge of the Morris command where he was the second in command when he got the boot.
So, he sits looking out into the abyss and the camera and that’s it. What? Not even a WTF but a what. So I guess there could be a part two. I don’t think it will last in the theaters. I give it three stars for good acting. As soon as the word gets out this film will not beat the odds. Oh sure he had the Obama look in his poster except that “Morris” looked ridiculous. But what the hell does that mean? This guy does not resemble any type of juicy scandal we have had. The Candidate it ain’t the Politician is ain’t It’s not even the ides of March. It was way too safe for my taste. It’s not a thriller so don’t expect one.
- Ryan Gosling vs. George Clooney: Who Would You Rather… (thehollywoodgossip.com)
- The Ides of March: Review (screencrave.com)
- ET Movie Review: ‘Ides of March’ (charlotte.news14.com)
- Review: ‘Ides of March’ is thrilling (cnn.com)
- Clooney is serious about The Ides of March (arts.nationalpost.com)