In The Descendants, George Clooney plays Matt King, a lawyer who is grappling with the decisions in his life that bring him to where he stands. His wife lies in a coma, and his family is in something of a shambles. On the horizon looms a lucrative real estate deal with many an interested party.The dialogue is well-written, with dramatic scenes of a quiet intensity that are played well by all actors involved. George Clooney is at his best, Sid, played by Nick Krause, adds levity to many a scene that might otherwise be overly serious and stray from the comedramatic tone that the movie handles so well, and Shailene Woodley shines in her role as the older sister and daughter, Alex King.
Overall, The Descendants is a wonderful movie that easily treads the fine line between comedy and drama with aplomb. With its excellent screenplay, top notch acting and beautiful Hawaiian scenery, I highly recommend.
★★★★½ - 4.5 / 5.0