Anybody’s life would be turned upside down when they find out the coma their partner is currently in is permanent, so it’s no surprise that life becomes that little bit harder when they discover the person lying motionless in that hospital bed is not a person they recognise any more.
This is the fate that Matt King (George Clooney) faces in The Descendants. Matt is a lawyer based in Honolulu, and is the sole trustee of a family trust that controls 25,000 acres of land in Kaua’i. The trust is set to dissolve in the next seven years, leaving Matt and his extended family members to decide whether or not they should sell the land and who to sell it to.
Matt is a man faced with decisions. As the “back up parent”, he struggles with how to deal with his daughters, 10 year old Scottie (Amara Miller) and 17 year old Alex (Shailene Woodley), who he brings home to say goodbye to her Mother, Elizabeth, who fell into an irreversible coma following a boating accident.
After Alex reveals that her Mother was having an affair with Brian Speer (Matthew Lillard), Matt goes off in search of him to let him know it’s time to say goodbye to Elizabeth.
The Descendants is a great insight into the world of a family struggling with loss. I thoroughly enjoyed this movie, it was fantastic. The acting was phenomenal, the characters had depth and I shed more than a few tears. For anyone who has suffered a loss, this movie will hit close to home. For anyone who has been cheated on, this movie will hit close to home. For anyone who has been heart broken, this movie will hit close to home.
I would recommend this movie to everyone/
Monique gives it 4 stars!
The trailer is below: