June 2, 2012

GMC Day 2: The Descendants (2011)

George Clooney, that chick from The Secret Life of the American Teenager

Let's talk about Hollywood's infatuation with 'normal life' movies. I understand that the life of a movie star is so different from our own that it's actually unfathomable (as evidence by those idiotic "stars - they'e just like us!" segments in People or US Weekly or whatever), but just showing regular life events is not, in it of itself, a triumph. To me, this movie was The Kids are All Right all over again (ugh, don't get me started on my feelings about that movie). The plot does touch on a range of emotions, as promised, but it doesn't go deeply enough into them and I found the movie rather predictable.

Is the movie terrible? No. Is it worth all the Oscar buzz it got? Not by any means. Even in a lean year (and 2012 was), I can't believe anyone would consider this to be "best picture" worthy. It solicited a big, fat ehhhhhhhhh from me after watching it.

Final word: If you don't buy into the hype, you might not be as disappointed.

The Great Movie Challenge - read it from the beginning here.

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