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Re: The Descendants

#41 Post by Flabber » Sat Feb 04, 2012 6:18 pm

angelina_ballerina wrote: Did anyone else notice that despite the rather dramatic screenplay and events, you never felt unhappy or close to tears?
Didn't this was worth all the hype. I'm not sure if someone else mentioned on here but seen better performances from George.
Don't get me wrong, he's quite good but a shoe-in for an Oscar i think not.

With regards to the lack of tear-jerker moments, i think that's maybe the charm of the film. Despite the story line and sub-plot, you can appreciate from afar...

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Re: The Descendants

#42 Post by raj101 » Mon Feb 06, 2012 10:53 pm

TheyCallMeMrGlass wrote: PS In one part of the film a school girl comes into the picture (at the hospital) for about 3 minutes and wowed me with the most atrocious child acting I've seen for a while. Did anyone else felt the same? Am I cruel? I know its just a child, I feel guilty being too harsh...but man she was really bad! I couldnt help laugh and the audience did too but I wonder if they were laughing at the situation and not the bad acting?
she was rather bad. It was well worth a child Razzie.
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#43 Post by McG » Mon Feb 06, 2012 10:56 pm

I saw this tonight using a voucher as no free previews had been in Glasgow area. I wanted to see this before the Baftas and the Oscars as I've heard some talk of George for an award. I have to say I was a little disappointed in the film. The story was too drawn out and the film was too long. The young people in the film were impressive and definitely some names to watch for in the future. I don't think George's performance was particularly great. There just wasn't anything to challenge his acting skills. I did like the Tourist Board scenery and sea views, particularly inviting given the temperature here just now.Tthe film could have been better but would probably watch again if on tv.
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Re: The Descendants

#44 Post by hopeprince » Mon Feb 06, 2012 11:01 pm

Saw this last Wednesday so a review is really over due.
This is a alright film with a lot of stuff going on but never really wowed me in the way that I expected it to. The acting was great but he script I would say was not as good as it could. One of the things the filmed focused on was the relationship between George Cloony's character and his daughters but not much bonding or work was put into repairing the relationship. They kind of just made up and had that cosy moment in the end. :confused: 6/10
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Re: The Descendants

#45 Post by Beate » Sun Feb 12, 2012 11:13 pm

I have finished reading the book now that I got free with the Telegraph and it was an utter bore. Not really funny either so they must have changed the script for the film. There were two scenes in the book that I think might be awkward if put in the film:
1. Scottie wearing a "Mrs Clooney" T-shirt and
2. Clooney's character discussing overpaid actors and annoying award shows :giggle:
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#46 Post by Bibby » Wed Feb 15, 2012 9:01 am

I saw this film last week and although I enjoyed it overall, I'm not sure it warranted all the hype it's had - including the Globe best actor... (I do like George Clooney but wasn't his best performance/film) - and the scene where he was running... not quite sure if it was funny or a bit awkward. Okay sad/humourous storyline - though some parts were a little draggy in the middle.

I'd say overall worth watching.

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Re: The Descendants

#47 Post by Flabber » Wed Feb 15, 2012 9:24 am

Bibby wrote:- and the scene where he was running... not quite sure if it was funny or a bit awkward.
That was a bit weird wasn't it...
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Re: The Descendants

#48 Post by weirdfilms33 » Sat Feb 25, 2012 11:33 pm

Finally got round to seeing this at HMVCurzon - surprised to see the topic so far back in Film Discussion (as well as the somewhat lukewarm opinions). I loved it. My sister had told me beforehand that it was quite slow but I never felt like it was dragging on. I found it a really well-constructed drama with some great location shooting and fabulous performances all round. I can see why some people may not have liked it as it's not consistently laugh-out-loud funny (perhaps the trailer is misleading) but I've seen some much slower stuff in my time (see Theodoros Angelopoulos, Andrei Tarkovsky) and this was just wonderful. I doubt it will win any Oscars but it's motivated me to see some more Payne movies.

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Re: The Descendants

#49 Post by superhero » Sun Feb 26, 2012 10:04 am

I think the film is a slow burner, it's not going to win you over straight away, but I think if people watch it again, they might appreciate it more.

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#50 Post by Celini » Sun Feb 26, 2012 10:08 am

superhero wrote:I think the film is a slow burner, it's not going to win you over straight away, but I think if people watch it again, they might appreciate it more.
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