I went to The Descendants last night…what a beautiful film. I love Alexander Payne’s directing style, and this did not disappoint. Without giving too much of the plot away, it revolves around a man whose wife is in a coma after a boating accident. He hasn’t been the most present participant in his family, and now he is having to deal with the aftermath.
If you have been reading my blog for a while, you know that my personal life has been touched often and tragically by death. There is a scene in the movie between George Clooney’s character Matt and Sid, a dufus stoner dude played by Nick Krause. In it, Sid reveals (quite unexpectedly) to Matt that he had just recently lost his father to a drunk driver. The underlying emotion in that scene, so well played by the actors, just made my heart ache. No words, just realization…I love it when movies make me feel, even if it’s painful. This movie hit so many chords in me, has made me rethink some of the choices I have made in my life recently…the realization of “what if…”.