Miss MoneyPenny and Miss Know it All took in a matinee at the beautiful Rose Theater on Friday. We thought that we were going to see a nice piece of fluff starring George Clooney. Not true. This is one of the reasons that I keep going to movies. I'm always hoping for that little gold nugget and The Descendants is definitely in that category.
Director Alexander Payne really delivered on this one. George's character (we are on a first name basis here) is Matt King. He is a man with lots of situations going on. First, his wife is in a coma after a boating accident. Second, his two daughters are out of control and he doesn't have a clue what to do with them. Third, he finds that his wife was cheating on him. And just for fun, George is a direct descendant of Hawaiian royalty and is the trustee for a very large chunk of virgin land that all of his many cousins want to sell. So you can see that George, I mean Matt, has his work cut out for him.
Beau Bridges had a small part as a cousin that was priceless. We don't see enough of Lebowski's big brother, but the character who I thought that really worked was the oldest daughter's boyfriend, Sid, played by Nick Krause. He took that doofus boyfriend character off the charts. But certainly, the biggest most beautiful character of all was Hawaii. As Coldplay sings "Par-Par- Paradise." How can there be a place of such pure beauty and why don't I live there?
The Descendants hit on all my cylinders for movies and books: Drama, plot, comedy, setting and great characters. And if you go to the Rose, be sure and sit in the balcony and eat cookies.