I finally went to a movie the other night. It had been a while. I think I had seen such a bad stretch of movies that I had lost all faith in humanity and Hollywood, which are basically the same thing. Anyway, I picked the new George Clooney film “The Descendants” as my slump buster.
And I’m glad I did.
If you’re looking for a movie where things blow up, cars crash, or people shoot each other, then skip “The Descendants.”
If you’re looking for a smart, witty, insightful, thought-provoking, sometimes sad, sometimes funny movie, then do yourself a favor and check out “The Descendants.”
Set in Hawaii, Clooney plays an un-Clooney-like character attempting to lead his family through a difficult situation. The plot has as many twists and turns as the Road to Hana on Maui, which apparently has something like 690 turns. Anyway, this dialogue driven film could very well earn Clooney an Oscar. Every once in a while you can watch a famous actor on the big screen and forget that you’re watching the actor. This is one of those rare movies. He’s that good.
This movie also includes some very good child actors. I don’t know their names but I’m sure we all will in about a year.
The Descendants: 4 out of 5 stars.
Carmike 10. No pop. No popcorn. It was a late movie. I just didn’t feel like it.