Arab Today, arab today the descendants
Last Updated : GMT 00:38:13
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

The Descendants

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today The Descendants

London - Arabstoday

In his key films Election (1999), About Schmidt (2002) and Sideways (2004), writer-director Alexander Payne has explored the borders between serious drama and comedy, and the way humour (admittedly of a darkish hue) can crash indelicately into tragic moments. After seven years away from feature-length films, Payne’s commitment to this grey area of human emotions remains unbroken. The Descendants stars George Clooney as Matt King, who runs a law practice in Hawaii and is the sole trustee of the last parcel of virgin land on one of its islands, owned by his sprawling extended family. Successful, wealthy and hard-working, he is a disaster as a family man. He and his wife have drifted into silence; he barely knows the two daughters she has raised virtually alone. As he puts it, he’s “the back-up parent, the understudy”. When his thrill-seeking wife is critically injured in a water-skiing accident, he must become a proper parent to his forthright, disaffected girls. In the past, Clooney has relished working with directors (the Coen brothers, Steven Soderbergh) who nudge him from his comfort zone, and he responds magnificently to Payne’s creation of a dad out of his depth. Clooney plays Matt partly as a figure of fun; he runs awkwardly in flat leisure shoes, wears ghastly Hawaiian shirts and allows his kids to berate him. “It’s like you don’t respect authority,” he wails at one point, the thought only belatedly dawning on him. Still, there’s more than comedy here: after a shocking secret about his wife is revealed, The Descendants becomes a story about grief, forgiveness and acceptance, with the man at its centre re-assessing his priorities and his sense of identity. Intriguingly Payne, in adapting the novel by Hawaiian author Kaui Hart Hemmings, shows a Hawaii quite different from the paradise presented in tourist brochures. It has ugly high-rises, poverty, traffic jams – and its human sorrows are no lighter than in more humdrum places. There’s already awards buzz around Clooney’s performance, and rightly so; he’s in virtually every scene and shoulders the entire picture. Shailene Woodley is excellent as his elder daughter, an angry, alienated 17-year-old. Still, this is Payne’s creation, and despite a loss of pace two-thirds through, it’s a thoughtful, generous-spirited work. Few films have captured so perfectly our awkward reactions to grieving that may be inappropriate – or merely human.

arabstoday
arabstoday

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today the descendants Arab Today, arab today the descendants

 



Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today the descendants Arab Today, arab today the descendants

 



Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Youssra depended on colored foam

GMT 16:53 2017 Tuesday ,05 September

Youssra depended on colored foam
Arab Today, arab today A no-frills business success

GMT 07:00 2017 Wednesday ,20 September

A no-frills business success
Arab Today, arab today Etiquette expert underlines importance of gifts

GMT 17:52 2017 Sunday ,03 September

Etiquette expert underlines importance of gifts
Arab Today, arab today Israel sees benefits in independent Kurdistan

GMT 07:58 2017 Wednesday ,20 September

Israel sees benefits in independent Kurdistan
Arab Today, arab today Saudi Arabia to unblock internet calling apps

GMT 11:31 2017 Wednesday ,20 September

Saudi Arabia to unblock internet calling apps
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Ministry seeks to improve education

GMT 14:49 2017 Sunday ,17 September

Ministry seeks to improve education
Arab Today, arab today New Zealand opposition looks

GMT 10:35 2017 Thursday ,14 September

New Zealand opposition looks
Arab Today, arab today Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands brace

GMT 12:01 2017 Wednesday ,20 September

Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands brace
Arab Today, arab today The history of solar eclipses

GMT 05:16 2017 Sunday ,20 August

The history of solar eclipses
Arab Today, arab today Intel chips loaded in Waymo

GMT 14:43 2017 Wednesday ,20 September

Intel chips loaded in Waymo
Arab Today, arab today Five trends at the Frankfurt auto show

GMT 12:04 2017 Monday ,18 September

Five trends at the Frankfurt auto show
Arab Today, arab today Horia Farghaly happy for success of “Case G”

GMT 12:14 2017 Monday ,18 September

Horia Farghaly happy for success of “Case G”
Arab Today, arab today France hopeful of persuading Trump

GMT 06:21 2017 Wednesday ,20 September

France hopeful of persuading Trump

GMT 06:31 2017 Saturday ,16 September

Eman Al Assy receives three offers

GMT 05:05 2017 Tuesday ,12 September

Pregnant woman's suicide roils China

GMT 16:53 2017 Saturday ,02 September

Mai importance of gifts during Eid Al-Adha

GMT 19:18 2017 Monday ,18 September

5,000 'Dieselgate' deaths in Europe per year

GMT 10:46 2017 Saturday ,05 August

Nanis reveals simple ideas for home renovation

GMT 04:26 2017 Wednesday ,20 September

Opioid overdose deaths take 2.5 months

GMT 11:40 2017 Monday ,18 September

Russia and Iraq restore air travel

GMT 17:12 2017 Monday ,07 August

Al-Shawaifi reveals secrets of total solar eclipse

GMT 12:56 2017 Friday ,15 September

Apple's grand plan in Ireland held up by a forest

GMT 11:37 2017 Saturday ,12 August

Fashion designer reveals her new collection
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday