Movie Night Monday

The Movie Project

Week 11: Hawai’i (The Descendants)

Category: Drama

Quote of Interest:

“…I agree with my father–you give your children enough money to do something, but not enough to do nothing.”

–Matt King

Three words to describe this film/state: Crises in Paradise (nā pōpilikia ma paradaiso)

Best ‘Extras’:

  • Cousin Ralph, played by Matt Corboy
  • Cousin Hugh, played by Beau Bridges
  • Cousin Hal, played by Matt Esecson
  • Cousin Milo, played by Michael Ontkean
  • Cousin Stan, played by Stanton Johnston
  • Cousin Six, played by Jonathan McManus
  • Cousin Wink, played by Hugh Foster
  • Cousin Connie, played by Tiare R. Finney
  • Cousin Dave, played by Tom McTigue

State food/recipe to try: Taro chips

Earring Inspo Character: Alex King

Other Notes: Very good film about the sometimes devastating realities of life (no matter where you live). I’m not usually a Clooney fan, but he was especially good at displaying the vulnerabilities and insecurities of a man whose life has just been turned upside down in multiple ways. Grace and forgiveness are strong themes, and having lived briefly on Oahu years ago, I sense that the locale was a big factor in the generosity of the movie’s characters. They carried the ‘aloha spirit’ as part of who they were and who their ancestors were. The sanctity of family, land, and traditions is key. Beautiful film, inside and out.

Grade: A

State Facts:

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