The family patriarch struggles to keep his life together after his wife’s life-threatening accident. Suddenly, the “back-up” parent needs to shift gears to become the father – and man – he never thought he could be.
Nicole: Cassidy and I thought: Hey – we like movies, let’s go see one. Simple enough, right? After I stupidly got us lost on the way to not one, but three movie theaters (thanks for the splendid directions Fandango!), we ultimately did make it to see THE DESCENDANTS.
elizabeth: Before I start with my two cents, Nicole, can you please fork up the $7.38 I wasted on gas that day? You’re right as always – we can work this out with our lawyers present.
THE DESCENDANTS is about a family in crisis who lives down the block from us. We know them. We could be them. Just so you don’t think that this is as heavy as a Bergman movie, let me assure you that there is humor interlaced throughout. Humor sometimes is a life saver and it was placed perfectly in this story. I can’t say that George ran away with the whole movie because director Payne generously allowed the other actors to shine and in the end this powerful ensemble gave us hope that redemption can sometimes be just a heart wrenching apology away.
And I know this is shallow, but Mr. Clooney showed off some looking great feet in this movie. But see the movie for the fabulous performances.
Nicole: What? You didn’t enjoy the scenic tour of Westbury? Sheesh. Some people are so hard to please. Annnnnnnnnnnyway, I agree: Who cheats on George Clooney – even if he owns the hugest selection of button-down Hawaiian shirts?
Does THE DESCENDANTS deserve all the critical adulation and award nominations it’s been garnering? In some ways I think Payne is a critics’ darling. Let’s face it, he hasn’t made a single flop. So, does that give him an upper hand? Sure. But I do think he coaxed out of Clooney a deservedly award-winning performance. Not so much in the lines he spoke, but in his silent reactions to his unraveling life.
Cassidy, what do you think? Do we have ourselves a Best Picture at the 2012 Oscars, or will The Help steal its thunder, like it did at the SAG Awards?
Octavia Spencer’s Minny from THE HELP in this movie. She would have slapped some sense back into Matt King (without leaving a mark on dear George’s face). Or baked him one of her infamous cakes.
And you did mention the silent reactions of George’s character that spoke volumes. So Payne ended up doing his version of THE ARTIST? So what move that begins with the word “The” deserves the Oscar? The Way We Were. My bad. Wrong decade. I am going with THE DESCENDANTS. Pssst…George. Call me.
Nicole: You know how difficult it is for me to argue with you, so I will. If THE HELP hadn’t pulled out a win for best ensemble at the SAGs, I’d have said the Oscars would follow suit and keep THE DESCENDANTS’ momentum going. Now, I’m not so sure anymore. I think we have a 50/50 tossup come award night – and the winner will be MONEYBALL, just kidding. Only time will tell.
THE FILM FATALES give The Descendants