Last week, there were two DVD releases that were must sees: George Clooney’s hit, “The Descendents,” and Charlize Theron’s “Young Adult.”
First, we watched “The Descendents,” which won the Golden Globe for best movie, and won Clooney even more accolades in an already stellar career.
Clooney continues to play the middle-aged character who is very unhappy. Outside of the Ocean’s movies, I can’t say I remember the last time Clooney played an upbeat character. However, he is staying with what works because since “Michael Clayton” he is only getting better and better.
In “The Descendents” Clooney plays Matt King, an indifferent father of two girls who is forced to make a lot of important decisions in a small amount of time. With his wife in a life-threatening coma from a boating accident, Matt is quickly forced to leave the office and be a real father.
In trying to be a father, he soon learns from his troubled oldest daughter that his wife had been having an affair. He soon becomes obsessed with seeing this man she had the affair with.
As if dealing with family troubles with his daughters and wife aren’t enough, Matt is also forced into having to make an important decision regarding family land. His cousins want the money from the land, and Matt has to review two options to sell that keeps him conflicted throughout the film.
“The Decendents” is directed by Alexander Payne, who is has brought us hits like “Juno,” “Up in the Air,” and “Thank you for Smoking.”
Payne’s movies are always good because of the script. The scripts are well written, and the cast is always selected perfectly.
“The Artist” beat Clooney’s film for the best movie of the year during the 2012 Academy Awards, but it’s hard to believe “The Descendents” didn’t get the Oscar.
The second movie to see out on DVD right now is “Young Adults.” While the movie gives us plenty of laughs, it’s really a serious film.
Theron plays Mavis Gary, a writer of teen literature who returns to her small hometown to relive her glory days and attempt to reclaim her happily married high school sweetheart (Patrick Wilson). When returning home proves more difficult than she thought, Mavis forms an unusual bond with a former classmate (Patton Oswalt) who hasn't quite gotten over high school, either.
The movie hits home for many because it puts a focus on our constant need to return to adolescents.
Theron is convincing in the role, and Oswalt is a great supporting actor in the film.