3

The Descendants

Drama Comedy


 

A land baron tries to re-connect with his two daughters after his wife suffers a boating accident.

The depiction of suburban life in Hawaii adds some interest to this film, but the central dramas are not particularly compelling or original. The moments of potential intrigue don't last long enough, so the stakes for the hero character are never raised high enough to set your heart racing. The narrative voice-over is unwarranted, something the director obviously worked out a third of the way into making the film, as it's nowhere to be heard in last two thirds. Descending in more ways than one.

Thomas Jones

Limited Release 12th January 2012
115 mins