From Alexander Payne, the creator of the Oscar-winning "Sideways", set in Hawaii, The Descendants movie 2011 is a sometimes humorous, sometimes tragic journey for Matt King (George Clooney) an indifferent husband and father of two girls, who 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 with his young daughters while Matt wrestles with a decision to sell the family's land handed down from Hawaiian royalty and missionaries.
The movie has been crafted very nicely that while watching you'll be surprised to find yourself searching, fighting and trying with the protagonist himself, Matt King. You'll start to feel what he feels about the situation. You cry when he found out, you struggle raising the two kids, you get irritated with the daughter's "boyfriend" and you feel helpless in front of your father in law thinking "If only I can tell you the truth...". And honestly it's all about "How I wish I can speak what I feel...".
Even with the dramatic background of the story, the film has not failed to add also funny and entertaining scenes: kissing the wife, hiding from the bushes, the daughter's boyfriend you'd want to kill grrrr. Lol!
It ends with Matt King standing for what he believes in. Not allowing to be pushed by the co-descendants but to speak loudest as possible. I think that's the best way to wrap it.
George Clooney is a shoo in for Best Actor. He's splendid! He was able to portray the loving and indifferent father and the confused and angry husband and the helpless descendant ALL AT THE SAME TIME!
"Sid" is amazing as well. He maybe just a supporting actor but he played his role very well. He's one of the characters you'd want to look forward to. You'd start hating him as in really hating him and then you'd see him grow (for whatever reason) you'd be happy and start liking him. Believe me, he's fun to watch.
Overall, go ahead and WATCH IT! Worth it!