Thursday, February 21, 2013

The Descendants - A. Payne (2011)


Despite - or because of - the consensual critical acclaim for this family drama, my expectations were peculiarly low.

Clooney is the father dealing with an unconscious spouse on life support, her preceding infidelity and their bereaved daughters.

Low expectations are the best!
I was pleasantly surprised to find that I was in point of fact rather touched by the characters, all multidimensional and actually looking and feeling more or less like real people.

My reaction was reinforced by the focus given to the Hawaiian setting, partly part of the plot, and partly serving as a contrast to the family's inner turmoil, the paradisaical surroundings continually darkened by overcast skies.

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