After a boating accident leaves his wife in a coma, Matt King (George Clooney) has to face a few harsh realities about his life. Like the fact his marriage was a bit in shambles, that his wife was cheating on him and that he doesn't know whom his daughters Alexandra and Scotty have become.
Also, the fact that his wife is never going to wake up and it's time to say goodbye.
Aside from having to decide how to tell this to younger daughter and the rest of his family and friends that his wife is going to die soon, Matt also has to decide the future of a massive plot of land his family has owned for generations, which may bring his family a great deal of money if they sell.
Not ready to make either decision, Matt distracts himself tracking down the man his wife was having an affair with, with the help of his eldest daughter, Alexandra, and her friend Sid.
The Descendants was a movie that touched me a great deal not because a lot of things happen but because the few things that do are quietly momentous, the kind that shake you to your foundations and you don't realize it until you're dealing with the consequences. It's a movie about family and grief, and how life goes on even when you think it won't.
I loved it from start to finish - Matt's opening monologue was awesome. This movie made me cry and laugh and then go to my mom and tell her how awesome it was.
I give this movie an A.