The movie “The Descendants,” starring George Clooney, received generally favorable reviews (90 percent approval rating on rottentomatoes.com with one critic calling it a “masterpiece”). I’m not sure why. It is heavily flawed for several reasons:
- The movie is a comedy-drama with an Hawaiian subplot, but where are the Hawaiians? Have they all moved out? The only ones I can remember seeing in the movie are: a mother and daughter in an early short scene and an Hawaiian trio performing in a bar. (It also has Hawaiian music.) This is like going to Africa and ignoring the Africans. Is the world really this Caucasian centric?
- The movie has an environmental back plot. The movie stars George Clooney. Any idea how the environmental issue will be resolved at the end of the movie?
- To add interest, “The Desdendants” has an insensative boyfriend who follows the main characters around. He stays around way too long, before happily disappearing at the end of the movie.
- The family dynamics in this movie are ridiculous. The kids go from bratty and spoiled, to understanding and caring in a couple of weeks. Granted they have to deal with a lot in a short time, but really.
Recommendation: Skip it in the theaters, but rent if it you like George.