Academy Award® Winner
An indifferent husband and father of two girls is forced to re-examine his past and embrace his future when his wife suffers a boating accident off of Waikiki.
The event leads to a rapprochement... View more >
language including some sexual references
Starring George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Amara Miller... View more >
Academy Award® winner for:
* Adapted Screenplay
Academy Award® nominated for:
* George Clooney - Actor in a Leading Role
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I found this movie to be very true to current Hawaiian life style, having recently lived there for 8 years. The movie was very well done..didn't try to be pidgin type Hawaiian dialogue..just natural reality of today.
I think it is a very believable story of wealthy haole Hawaiian family in turmoil dealing with an extreme family situation. Clooney is very good as are the young actors in the family sitation. I especially liked seeing the homes typical of the old Hawaiian type homes one would find in Manoa Valley on Oahu.
This was good entertainment and I recommend it..could be Oscar material.
It's the most wonder time of the year. I'm not talking about Christmas or Football, I'm talking about the the movies nthat will be release in the neext two movies, leading up to the Academy Awards. One such movie that will get a lot of Oscar buzz is "The Descendant" a drama about a man played by George Cloony as the fatherr of two daughgters who must deal with the prospect of pulling the plug onb nhis comatose wife. There's a lot of real life emotions that is coming out of this movie. Powerful emotions that you feel as if it's in real life. Amara Miller plays the older of the tweo daughter in a great performance that could merit a Academy Award. George Cloony could get an Oscar nomination for his performance. It's films like "The Descendants" will have you singing"It's the most wonderful time of the year." I pick Oscar season over the summer movie season anytime.
We'll, this movie obviously was a favorite of the Academy. I thought it was really quite good as well. The acting was very good and the story rolled along well. It felt like the movie "jumped the shark" about two thirds through and became very predictable. The characters seemed to change a lot more than it seemed that they would actually. They just seemed to get over their problems with each other and work as a team without really working anything out.
It was a pretty depressing movie overall and these kinds always get nominated. George Clooney came through with shining stars, but by the end of the movie his voice-over monologue was quite enough. Kind of like "The Wonder Years" idea. cool for a while, then a little irritating.
It was definitely a very good movie. I would recommend it, but see it at home. There's no real reason to see it on the big screen because it is all talking anyway.