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The Descendants

Directed by Alexander Payne

USA, 2011

Cornerhouse, 28 January 2012

The Descendants

A good film, although it mainly functions as a George Clooney vehicle.

He plays a cuckolded husband whose wife is on a life-support machine.  His two daughters have behavioural issues as well.  And he must make a big decision regarding some land his family owns.  So there’s a lot of emotional ‘meat’ for Clooney the actor to get his teeth into.

To be just to the guy, he does a pretty good job.  There is no fake fire and a fair amount of true black to his performance.  It’s copacetic how he invests his character, who’s a quite ordinary fellow, with a kind of battered nobility.

Still, Robert Forster (who plays Clooney’s character’s father-in-law) is the best actor in the film by far.