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The Descendants (Blu-ray)

3.9 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews

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  • Language: English, Spanish, French
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish, French, English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B004UXUX7S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #91,561 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Format: Blu-ray
The Descendants (2011)
Comedy, Drama, 115 minutes
Directed by Alexander Payne
Starring George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Nick Krause and Amara Miller

***Spoilers within***

It took me about two minutes to decide that The Descendants was going to be my kind of film. It happened during Clooney's opening voice-over in which he observed that, just because they live in paradise, Hawaiians aren't exempt from the usual problems people face. That statement caught my attention because it's true, but it also alerted me to the possibility that the script would be both truthful and more intelligent than most.

Matt King (Clooney) is the kind of character that I can identify with. He's a lawyer and his job is more important to him than his family. He regularly travels to neighboring islands on business and hasn't had a proper relationship with his wife and two daughters for several years. When his wife has an accident which places her in a coma, Matt's life changes instantly. He has to be a father to his daughters and he's completely unprepared.

His younger daughter, Scottie (Miller), is 10 years old. Matt last took care of her when she was three. His other daughter, Alex (Woodley), is 17 and is in a boarding school to help her overcome alcohol and drug problems. When Matt learns that his wife will never wake up, he takes Scottie to collect Alex from the school. Alex is drunk when he turns up and openly defies him early in the film.

Place yourself in Matt's situation for a moment. How would you attempt to console your daughters? What would help you establish some kind of connection with them? If you're all they have left, how will you make them feel as if everything is going to be all right?
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By Inkhorn HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Feb. 25 2012
Format: Blu-ray
Director Alexander Payne has previously directed movies such as Election starring Reese Witherspoon, About Schmidt (Widescreen) starring Jack Nicholson, and Sideways (Widescreen Edition) starring Paul Giamatti, nominated for five Oscars winning one.

Gregory Peck once said it's hard to make a good man look interesting.

You can probably imagine in a cinematic world peopled with antiheroes, flawed heroes, or unrealistic superheroes, how refreshing it might be, to encounter a good guy we can relate to, in situations that parallel those we might actually experience.

George Clooney plays Matt King, a lawyer, businessman, and hardworking mostly absent father of two girls. He happens to be wealthy because of his descent from the original landowners of Hawaii, the real Hawaiians, who own most of Hawaii. Sole trustee of the family's interests, and now because of succession rules faced with the situation of having to sell off thousands of acres of pristine land to resort developers. Despite his family wealth Doug leads a very modest life. He drives a metallic silver Honda Civic, a sensible car.

When his thrillseeking wife ends up in a coma following a powerboating accident, he is thrust into the unfamiliar role of looking after his two daughters each bringing their own challenges. The younger one has difficulties in school, the older one, well, she's a teenager.
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I bought this DVD to make up a $25 order in order to get free shipping. I have always enjoyed George Clooney, loved him in 'ER' and looked forward to his occasional visits on 'Rosanne', however I had never seen much of his recent work. WHAT A SURPRISE! This is a brilliant movie, no glamour involved here, George plays his part of a grieving husband and previously distant father completely convincingly. The movie makes you think, keeps your interest, minimal use of the 'F' word and and when it is used whether you like it or not it fits. It will go down with 'On Golden Pond' as one of my favourite movies about finding the light at the end of what seems to be a never ending dark tunnel. I loved every minute of it. Would recommend it to anybody who enjoys a story which does not involve any sex or violence.
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Excellent film où nous retrouvons George Clooney en grande forme.

L'histoire d'un père qui s'occupe de ses deux filles à la mort de sa femme.

Rien de très neuf, mais le tout est brillamment interprété avec une fraîcheur certaine.

À regarder pour sourire de la vie et, parfois, avoir la larme à l'oeil.
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This movie was a surprise. I really enjoyed the film and like it when the movie is much better than I expect. Only issue with the purchase is buying the Blu-ray but you get a SD digital copy. Seems a lot of the studios do this. If I buy the Blu-ray, I expect the digital copy to be HD.
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This is a brilliant film. It deals with some very serious issues in a low-key, grounded and humorous way. The film is gorgeous to watch as it is set in Hawaii and there are lovely shots of beautiful scenery everywhere. The acting is superb. Definitely worth seeing.
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