The Descendants is a movie about family painted against the backdrop of death.
The movie opens with George Clooney in the hospital visiting his wife. We soon learn that she was in a boating accident and is in a coma. Clooney hints to problems in their marriage. The movie follows the strained relationships between Clooney and his two daughters (one college-aged, one in elementary school). Though they were strained at first, they come together through the realizing that the wife was cheating on him, and ultimately grow closer.
For a movie solely about people, the Descendants does a good job of making the interactions feel real. The wife's presence is felt the whole time even though she never speaks a word. Overall, a heavy but touching film. 7.75/10