The Descendants is a comedy/drama starring George Clooney as a Hawaiian landowner who is has been indifferent for years to his wife and two daughters. After his wife is in a boating accident he reexamines his life and his relationships to his family. Sounds good.
Cool thing? The descriptions of the film called Clooney’s character a land baron.
I want to be a land baron. Why does Clooney get to be awesome AND a land baron? Doesn’t seem fair.
Anyways, Clooney plays Matt King, and he sets out with his two daughters to find his wife’s lover in hopes of keeping the family together. Because finding your wife’s lover ALWAYS keeps the family together.
The Descendants is being directed by Alexander Payne, who cowrote the script, which is based on the novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings. You’d know Payne as the writer/director of Sideways. So he’s pretty talented.
The Descendants Trailer
Movie Release Date
Limited release on December 16, 2011. If it gets good reviews, it’ll likely get a wide release.
Who’s In It?
George Clooney … Matt King
Shailene Woodley … Alexandra
Matthew Lillard … Brian
Michael Ontkean … Cousin six
Rob Huebel … Mark Mitchell
Mary Birdsong … Kai
Nick Krause … Sid
Troy Manandic … Bar parton
Matt Corboy … Cousin Ralph
Milt Kogan … Dr. Johnston
Scott Michael Morgan … Barry Thorson
Paul Edney … Bicyclist
Joji Yoshida … Troy’s Buddy
Amara Miller … Scottie
What’s Good About It?
Director of Sideways and it has George Clooney involved. Sure, Clooney may be a smug douche, but he generally makes good movies. Also, he’s a LAND BARON.
What’s Bad About It?
I don’t really have anything bad to say, other than that Clooney can be a bit of a douche.
Our Clever Prediction
I don’t anticipate Sideways-level success, but I think The Descendants will do pretty well. I’m thinking some possible Oscar nominations and a wide release in early 2012.