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A 2011 movie directed by Alexander Payne.

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Say YES to Hawaii

  • Feb 8, 2012
Rating:
+3
This is a movie about family, trust, betrayal and acceptance. And, it is one that's based in Hawaii.
So, for less than $10, one gets to see Hawaii and George Clooney. That's a bargain, I think! ;-)

The descendants is not a feel-good film. It is one that despite being filmed in the paradise island of Hawaii (and actually got me seriously thinking about settling down here one fine day!) it focuses on major theme of a person's life (same for most of us, except that we have got no parcel of land in Hawaii to sell that would bestow us a fortune!); life, death, family, betrayal, friendship, sickness and acceptance.

Despite all that's happening in the lead actor's life (aka Clooney), I think having a home in Hawaii is so much luckier than many people in life. It may not be total paradise but at least the weather is one of the most pleasant in the world the whole year round! I don't think Hawaii is plagued with snowstorms like Eastern Europe is right now, does it? And there's no heat wave as far as I know. So, yes... this movie does get me thinking seriously about settling in Hawaii... Oh yes, volcanoes and earthquakes... hmmm, life is not perfect and God is pretty fair, isn't it?



Now, get back to the movie. Over the major part of it I do feel it's a little slow and perhaps at some point comical but not highly interesting. The only time when it did really hit me is just one (major, for me it is major) scene when Clooney said goodbye to his wife. That short scene is what makes a man human and great at the same time. Yes indeed, a "pain, joy, friend" all bundled up in one. It is forgiving someone for his/her imperfection, mistake, betrayal and death. That to me is what makes this movie watchable and even great. That, is life!

Personally, I'd prefer the movie to deal with something more... perhaps on the deal or other areas. Then again, when movie-goers are short in attention span, perhaps it's better to just stick to one theme and does that well. So, it's to the director's credit that the movie takes on the simpler path rather than deal with too much. For me, making Hawaii home still lingers on my mind!

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February 11, 2012
sounds good enough for me to see at least once. Thanks, Sharrie!
 
February 08, 2012
Good review !
 
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I'm a traveler at heart & have been nicknamed Travel Queen by friends & colleagues alike. Traveling has been my life passion for the last decade or so. As we enter a new decade, I'm excited … more
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Director: Alexander Payne
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Release Date: 23 November 2011 (USA)
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon
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