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November 17, 2011

Review: The Descendants (No Spoilers)

Last night I attended Film Independent’s screening of The Descendants in LACMA’s Bing Theater. The film presentation was followed by a Q&A panel hosted by film critic Elvis Mitchell with stars of the film Judy Greer, Shailene Woodley, Nick Krause, Matthew Lillard, Robert Forster, Beau Bridges, George Clooney, and the films writer and director, Alexander Payne. Needless to say, the evening was unforgettable, and the film was astounding.

In his description of the film, Elvis Mitchell wrote,

In her novel, The Descendants, author Kaui Hart Hemmings writes, “The tropics make it difficult to mope,” and in his film adaptation of the book, Alexander Payne examines that phrase from various angles to find all of the deeply emotional comedy that he can – what audiences have come to expect from him. The Descendants, Alexander Payne’s return to feature filmmaking after a seven-year absence, brings the writer-director back to his unique intersection of comedy, drama and familial dysfunction.

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