“Life is unpredictable for you. Don’t know what might happen tomorrow. It shocks you with twists; sometimes pleasant, sometimes heartbreaking, catches you unprepared and watches you grow, emerge stronger.”
The movie is directed by Alexander Payne and it is based on the novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings with the same name.
Officially ‘The descendants’ is a comedy drama. In real, it is a serious and thoughtful movie. We all are set to watch the protagonist facing unpredictable challenges. Its George Clooney nominated for Best Actor Academy award 2012. He is acting as a Matt King – a rich and workaholic lawyer, father of two girls. His defiant indulgent wife catches in accident while motor-boat riding that leads her in coma. How Matt tries to set his house in order, nurture his daughters? How he tries to fill the absence of his wife? To know these answers, you should watch the movie. Among the chaos and uncertainties in life, Matt stands like an oak to challenge every problem in front of him. He shows confidence and courage single handedly. Behind his every faithful act, it shows a true love for her wife, irrespective of her painful disappointment.
Movie plot is filmed in the Hawaii Island. It is really awesome to watch Hawaii covered with lush green trees, cold atmosphere and beautiful beaches. Long edge of Hawaii beach, open blue sky and tides hitting the shore incessantly shows the continuity of life where there is no place for difficulties. It’s matter of continuous change. Movie starts with saying; Hawaii is a paradise where different types of people survive there.
The Matt King, a rich lawyer was living happy life with his wife and two daughters. Matt used to deal with real estate agents. He was very hard working and was unable to give time for his family. Knowing this, one day He took his family on Hawaii Island for a vacation. On one unfortunate day, his wife was boating along the Hawaii beach. She caught in an accident due to motor failure. Accident threw her into permanent coma. It’s an unpredictable crisis over Matt’s family. His both daughters were badly affected by this accident. It was the Matt, who thought to multiply his courage in danger. He told himself, “As soon as my wife awakes, I would do whatever she wants. I would take her to the place where she desires.” He was hoping for the best. Next day, doctor said, she failed to show the consciousness. Her eyes and hands are not showing any movement. All efforts from our side are failed. There are very less chances to bring the consciousness into her. Doctor asked him to get ready for the situation, because his wife has very few days or maximum couple of weeks. This made him alert. He tried to cover the absence of mother for his two daughters. He told himself as a backup parent.
He has two daughters- Scotty, 10 and Alex, 17. After Elizabeth’s accident, Scotty found doing foul behavior with her classmates. She started telling about the family crisis in the school. Couple of complaints received to Matt telling her mischievous behavior is spoiling other kids in the school. Matt had to visit the house of Scotty’s friend to apologize for her mistake. Elder daughter, Alex, had just entered in her teens. She had turned a drug addict and found heavily drunk many times with her boy friend. Reckless behavior of Alex was also affecting the younger daughter. Matt understood that this is the critical time. Both of his kids were not able to face the crisis. Only he had to look after both of them.
One day, Matt brings his elder daughter when she was heavily drunk and turned unconscious. On the next day he tried to ask her to abandon all this addiction and to forget the past fights between her and mother. Alex revealed, ‘Her mother is cheating her father. She had an affair with another man.’ It was a second painful shock to Matt, but he still loves her from the heart. He and his elder daughter set off the target to know about the person whom his wife liked. He runs and runs to know about the man, called Brian Seer – another real estate agent with whom her wife fell in love.
One day, while jogging early morning along the shore, Brian passes by him. He follows him hideously and reaches the hotel room where Brian enters. On that day he comes on the beach to relax and collects all the information about Brian from his wife. His elder daughter Alex accompanies Matt to trace all the information about Brian.
As his wife, Elizabeth has very few days left, it was required to host the family condolence event when all her relative can come and say good bye to her. In her absence, Matt had to take one of the major decisions in his life. Grandparents of Matt had bequeathed 25,000 areas of Hawaii land to his family. His land is spread along the Hawaii beach. Many industrialists are urging him to sell the land for construction of hotels and residential buildings. The selling of this land was going to give him huge sum of money. Matt feels very absence of his wife in taking this decision. He plans to sell the land, but just before signing the papers, he listens to his heart and refuses to sell the land. He replies audaciously, “I am the sole owner of land that is inherited from the past generation and will hold the responsibility to protect the land until I am alive.”
Matt had invited many of his and Elizabeth’s relatives to meet and say adieu to her. Matt took a kiss of the corpse uttering, ‘I love you. You are my love as well as pain.’ He had promised her to take responsibility to bring up her both the kids. Movie ends when Matt leaves the ashes in the sea. All of them have accepted the change, where Elizabeth is no more, but Matt’s love for her is eternal. Now, all of them have embraced the change.