The Descendants (2011)

Feature Film | Drama | USA | English | 1h55m
Dir: Alexander Payne | Scr: Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, & Jim Rash | Novel: Kaui Hart Hemmings | Ph: Phedon Papamichael | Prod: Jim Burke, Alexander Payne, & Jim Taylor | Ed: Kevin Tent | PD: Jane Ann Stewart | AD: T.K. Kirkpatrick | Cast: George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Amara Miller, Nick Krause, Beau Bridges, Robert Forster, Matthew Lillard, Judy Greer

When it becomes evident that his wife is not going to awaken from her coma, a Hawaiian lawyer, in the middle of a potentially lucrative land deal, with his two daughters in tow, attempts to deal with her imminent death, whilst also endeavouring to find the man with whom she had been having an affair, in Payne’s engrossing, but never entirely convincing, family drama. Woodley does well as the eldest daughter, but Clooney’s turn lacks the gentle melancholy with which he had previously infused so many of his better performances, and which would surely have benefitted this film immensely.