The Decendants

November 18, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Posted in 2011 | Leave a comment

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This is a film with a lot of buzz, particularly around Clooney and a possible Best Actor nod.  The film was quite good, I will say that.  Lightly funny in parts, poignant and legitimately insightful.  The characters were fairly nuanced for a Hollywood film.  The scenery was beautiful.  But, the film developed absolutely exactly as you might predict it would.  It did not deviate so much as a heartbeat from the path laid out in the first few minutes.   And, as for Clooney, what can I say?  He plays Clooney very well.  His performance pales when compared to Michael Shannon in “Take Shelter” or DiCaprio in “J. Edgar,” or even Brad Pitt’s relatively small role in “Tree of Life.”  I did really enjoy the film, I’m just not sure it lived up to the buzz.

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