Well played albiet a bit slow at times. Tastefully done with such a topic as dying.
I enjoyed this movie - some of the moments I thought were very difficult
Others were poignant
and then there were some very humorous lines (sort of black humour - in the face of adversity)
Overall it was good, but I wouldn't say an oscar award type movie
Depressing... not made any better by the relentless ukelele-driven Hawaiin music in the background - might appeal to fans of Murkan films - although elder daughter was well played.
I thought it was very moving and quite realistic.
I enjoyed this film and I found the charactors to be well developed and played. This story could have been about anyone and the plot played out with compassion and insight. Unlike others I didn't find it boring or slow.
Ok movie, quite slow but keeps you interested. Wouldn't watch it again though.
A very interesting movie working at many levels. About the responsibility that comes with being wealthy and how pain and suffering hit the rich and they are not prepared for it. Great acting. It kind of lingers with one.
Great for a girls night with a box of tissues. loved it and would watch it again.
Meh. So much more could have been made of this story and this setting. George was wasted in the role, as well as he played it the film was not good enough to have him in it. Shame.
A disappointing movie, I think George usually picks good films to act in. This was not one of his best.
Very good movie. Each actor played their parts very convincingly.
Wonderful movie. Must strike a chord in many families with the range of emotive situations through grief, infidelity, pain, deceit, loss of honesty, loss, heritage, succession,
Found this very boring, with bad script.
Good movie about family relationships ,Clooney plays the father of two daughters very good
Good story line, worth watching. We both found it enjoyable
great film, found it expecially insparational for me as a father.
Loved this film. Sad but funny and entertaining at same time. Great acting by George Clooney too.
I liked this movie because of the true nature of the story. Everyone I thought did a good job acting.
Sad and boring.
Probably worst one for GC
Really enjoyed this movie. Very believable, emotional and a good storyline. Then of course, there's George Clooney. Would recommend
We thought it a bit slow. OK for a lazy Sunday afternoon when there's nothing else to watch.
Thoroughly enjoyable has a strong message
Fairly predictable but a nice feelgood movie thats a bit different due to the zoo.
I cant take or leave George Clooney.
Mr Clooney does a great job of being a decent man, in trying circumstances. His life falls apart, but he and his kids not only survive, but combine as a real family through it all. Everyone in it does it well, so it's a satisfying movie. No weak links in acting or in plot or characterisation. And gorgeous scenery, of course.
I had heard such great things about this movie but I just felt it didn't go anywhere. I kept waiting for the twist or the climax but nothing came.
Enjoyable movie, sad and funny, but probably too slow-moving for young people. good acting and story
Very very boring. I kept waiting for something to happen. Almost fell asleep waiting..
Husband went to bed after 30 minutes. I wish that I had as a good book was waiting!
I had heard some bad things about this film but I really enjoyed it. Sad, funny, good acting.
I know there's a deep story in there about a broken family coming together in the wake of a great tragedy. Parents of teenagers will also be happy to know that our problems are universal. But all I took away was two hours of George Clooney crying & running really retardedly. Spoiler alert - there are no aliens, vampires, medieval sword fights or natural disasters in this movie. But there is a great shot of a Boeing 717 taking off. Female Clooney fans will love this movie. Guys, your wives will love you just for watching it with them.
This movie is boring and slow. I couldn't even bring myself to watching the whole movie. I was very disappointed!
A story of a lone father bringing up his vivacious daughters whoe he does not realy understands but loves deeply.
Found this to be a very enjoyable movie. Had me interested from start to finish.
The storyline was, I think, believable in this day and age. Good ending
This film was a surprisingly entertaining and sensitive story about coping with change, loss, betrayal and the ties that bind. Judging by the mixed reviews, suspect you might need to be over 40, married and a parent to appreciate the subtle pleasure of this movie.
Quite moving, poignant and well acted.
had it all funny,moving,sad.George clooney was brilliant. Great movie
I really liked this movie sad but did enjoy it.
This was quite a good movie. It wasn't what I expected but I rather enjoyed it. :-)
Okay movie but seems to move very slow.
Set in Hawaii and the scenery is stunning. Clooney is brilliant and I can see why he was recommended for an Oscar for his role here. Plot is a bit deep and depressing but the great script and acting manages to turn it into a very watchable movie. Older people (like me) should really like the real life quality of a plot where the main character is fighting his conscience over the meaning of life, death, love and inheritances. Recommended but be aware, (and speaking as someone who has worked in a hospital), the life support scenes are as realistic as it gets and may upset some.
Was ok. Not sure what all the hype was all about.
When this first started I thought "here we go again", husband's wife dying then finding out she'd been unfaithful to him. But thats where the similarities ended. This was a brilliant movie & very well constructed and played out by everyone in the cast. Much better then I was expecting. Loved it!!
We were taken in by the promo. This was shallow, relied on some cheap emotional tricks, and didn't have anything much to say. In the closing scene they are watching a doco about penguins in the antarctic. Is this a commentary on George Clooney's running style?
I thought this movie was a well-craft, interesting movie. It's slower paced, but if you have a keen interest in seeing the lifestyle, environment and problems faced by others, it's well worth a look. Excellent acting by Clooney and the cast.
I could hardly finish it to the end...it was very boring. Didnt suit George Clooney.
Very boring...The whole movie I was wondering when the story will get interesting but it never did and ended. Was expecting a lot more from this movie.
You can see why this was in the race for the Oscars. A touching, humorous and at times very sad story of family, loyalty, betrayal, loss and renewal. Loved this film - Clooney was masterful. A beautiful film that can make you laugh and cry in the same minute.
Excellent movie, George Clooney is just outstanding in this, quite surprised me!
interesting and compelling viewing. highly enjoyable could watch again and again.
this movie is well worth a watch. Very enjoyable
Story was a bit 'over the top' however acting was good and it was an
I hated up in the air, I thought it was boring & lacked substance, I absolutely loved this movie, no action but a very touching & realistic human interest story, extremely sad in parts!
Nowhere near as good as Up In The Air - it was slow, convoluted and had forced acting by Clooney at times. The scenery of Hawaii was fantastic but as for the story it was very ordinary and uninspiring. Only for those who really enjoy a slow drama with a hint of dry humour.
I really enjoyed this movie as I connected so much with the story. Highly recommended if you love movies about family.
Really enjoyable movie, great script and great acting. A great storyline, true to life and funny in parts. Highly recommended.
This is certainly a moving story set in Hawaii about the importance of family and ancestry under difficult personal circumstances. Clooney has pulled off a great picture. Well worth watching for it's intensity and reflection about the important things in life. Some stunning coastal scenery as well.
George Clooney did a great job acting the part he portrayed. It was a realistic film that most people would relate to if the given circumstances were to happen. Even though it is based on a sad premise it is slightly humerous in some scenes due to his daughters friend. Quite moving.
aside from George Clooney being so good to look at this movie was a shocker
I loved this movie, it made me laugh, it made me cry. It's about a dad and his daughters, a family in crisis, unresolved anger and learning to make peace with your demons. Loved the cast, the story, the setting (Hawaii). George Clooney has never appealed to me as an actor but I really enjoyed him in this and I thought young Shailene Woodley, as the obnoxious teen daughter, was excellent. Her boyfriend was pretty funny too! A must if you love a good drama and a good laugh/cry!
I love George but this was just a rather depressing movie with very few redeeming moments. Totally unbelievable when you see the dork the wife had an affair with when she was married to George!! I'm afraid families fighting is not my idea of entertainment.
bad. Depressing and meaningless. George Clooney, best actor? It's just George Clooney playing George Clooney.
Absolutely pathetic movie
I really, really wanted to like this movie because George Clooney was in it. Unfortunately it was so slow and boring that I didn't finish watching.
Enjoyed this movie, as did my children. Was a sad too!
The most boring movie I have ever seen, I kept waiting for something to happen, but it always fizzles out.
Not a great movie but enjoyable enough.
A very true to life story - George is always great - recommend this if you like a thought provoking drama
Great! Several good storylines blending well together. Good performances by major actors/ actresses.
Loved it! Slow but lovely detail and story depth
Great movie - really enjoy the storyline
Interesting look into life into Obama's hometown. I liked it and George Clooney's character was funny. I really cared about what was happening to the family and liked the film for what it was.
The acting is excellent and hides the fact that the movie is just not that good . George Clooney is a much under-rated actor but a lot of it didn't seem believable to me or even necessary to the plot.
I found this a very touching movie and certainly has some thought provoking scenes. George Clooney is certainly in a class of his own and his brillaint acting ability shines through. Much more than the easy to watch light family movie I was expecting. . . . !
Very boring and predictable.
Brilliant movie, one minute you laugh, the next you cry. Such a real emotional movie. Awesome acting by George Clooney and the eldest daughter. Couldn't stop thinking about this movie for days after watching it.
Touching, confronting and believable story. Predictable ending. Great acting and lovely setting. Worth a watch.
Awwww ... slow to start but you slowly get sucked into the characters and into the story <3
The descendants heavy movie emotional but enjoyable?
Really enjoyed the subtle message on life that this movie sends. My favourite line is "I have all the time in the world" - who says that these days? I need to say it more!! This movie stayed with me for a few days after I watched it.
Enjoyed the movie, but the location was absolutely breathtaking... stunning. George rightly so deserves accolade for this, quite confronting at times, and quite sad too.... I would recommend watching it, cinematography is stunning...
Highly recommend George Clooney was excellent, the other actors were great too, the story was believable it was sad, funny and confronting.
A quality drama, if a little too neatly wrapped up at the end.
Way too many F - bombs.. spoiled what could have been ok.
Brilliant job from the actors, loved the dialogues, the characters, got a few laughs extra and the storyline keeps you interested. What else to ask for? Clooney was excellent...as always!
Thought it was sow at first, & not that brilliant acting... then the characters,the acting & storyline all started to build & build.... to which really enjoyed in the end. Simply LOVED the setting in Hawaii, took me back to my find memories there when I was there :-)
With the exception of the deliciously acerbic Election, I've always put director Payne quite happily in my "over-rated" list. The Descendents did nothing to change my mind, but did prove that a clever cast can often raise a film to a level above what it probably deserves. Despite some cringe-worthy lines, Clooney is in fine form here as the slightly daggy, terribly muddled Dad who slows learns some bitter home-truths under the worst possible circumstances. His two daughters provide the trade-mark Payne snarkiness while the Hawaiian scenery provides plenty of eco-eye candy. The central storyline is never as engaging (or as emotional compelling) as it should be, while the family estate back-story seems like a rather pointless distraction from the main action. The Descendants is not a terrible film,it just could have been so much better. I've given it an extra star for Clooney's performance.
A land baron tries to re-connect with his two daughters after his wife is seriously injured in a boating accident. A real good watch. Great storyline enhanced by wonderful acting from the whole cast
Was so sad, made me cry. I don't like depressing movies. Now I'm eating chocolate to pick me up. :P
Cried about 3 times at the end - so did my partner! We found it very moving I found there were a few moments that were abrasive, unnecessary and unrelated to the plot (e.g why the need to show a young girl's curiosity about a porn cable channel? unless it was to show how the father has been neglecting his daughters in some way) But overall this is a great film and it felt very human and very real.
A strong script, terrific performances and beautiful cinematography. With this film, Alexander Payne has reinforced why he is one of the best directors of the last 10 years. When Quickflix gets around to releasing this film, definitely watch it. It's a fantastic drama and one of my favourite films of 2011.
A widowed husband suddenly confronts things about his recently deceased wife and two daughters that jar his world. One of those films about people which puts it to the head of the queue through fine performances and a strong and witty script.
A highly recommended Movie, a little bit of humour, but basically a well acted and interesting drama.