Friday, November 25, 2011

The Decendents - Movie Review

The Descendants (R) 115 minutes B-
Single dad faces reality

Starring George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Nick Krause, Amara Miller, Judy Greer, Beau Bridges, Robert Forster, Matthew Lillard, Mary Birdsong and Rob Huebel.

Considering all the hype surrounding this film, and considering that it is directed by Alexander Payne (Sideways)... this movie was not as good as I expected.  I am not comparing it to Sideways (one of my all-time favorite films), or any other film for that matter.  But this story of a man who is forced to re-evaluate his life after he learns that his wife is dying, and she was previously having an affair, falls flat emotionally despite being a well-rounded film otherwise. 

It has and will receive a lot of attention come award season.  It is worth seeing, but don't have a lot of inflated expectations like I did.

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