Monday, November 28, 2011

Movie Monday: "The Descendants"

I love books (clearly) and I love movies, so I thought it would be fun to feature more book-to-movie info on Steph's Stacks. Feel free to participate if you are moved to do so. The more the merrier!

This week, I want to feature The Descendants (opened November 16th - limited release, wider release to follow) starring George Clooney. The Descendants is another film earning early Oscar buzz (much like My Week With Marilyn) and is based on Kaui Hart Hemmings' 2007 book of the same name.

Sidenote: I love that Clooney has managed his career so effectively and always makes interesting choices with his projects. After sky-rocketing to fame with ER, he could have easily become an action/romance-blockbuster-star who takes the easy money projects. But with films like Good Night, and Good Luck, O Brother Where Art Thou? and Up in the Air (all a-maz-ing, BTW) in his resume, he is clearly an actor who is making film choices with his heart, not his wallet.

The Descendants also stars The Secret Life of an American Teenager's Shailene Woodley and newcomer, Amara Miller as Clooney's daughters.

Book Info:(Goodreads)

Narrated in a bold, fearless, hilarious voice and set against the lush, panoramic backdrop of Hawaii, The Descendants is a stunning debut novel about an unconventional family forced to come together and re-create its own legacy.
Matthew King was once considered one of the most fortunate men in Hawaii. His missionary ancestors were financially and culturally progressive–one even married a Hawaiian princess, making Matt a royal descendant and one of the state’s largest landowners.

Now his luck has changed. His two daughters are out of control: Ten-year-old Scottie is a smart-ass with a desperate need for attention, and seventeen-year-old Alex, a former model, is a recovering drug addict. Matt’s charismatic, thrill-seeking, high-maintenance wife, Joanie, lies in a coma after a boat-racing accident and will soon be taken off life support. The Kings can hardly picture life without her, but as they come to terms with this tragedy, their sadness is mixed with a sense of freedom that shames them–and spurs them into surprising actions.

Before honoring Joanie’s living will, Matt must gather her friends and family to say their final goodbyes, a difficult situation made worse by the sudden discovery that there is one person who hasn’t been told: the man with whom Joanie had been having an affair, quite possibly the one man she ever truly loved. Forced to examine what he owes not only to the living but to the dead, Matt takes to the road with his daughters to find his wife’s lover, a memorable journey that leads to both painful revelations and unforeseen humor and growth.

Movie Info:(IMDb)

Director:Alexander Payne Writers:Alexander Payne (screenplay), Nat Faxon (screenplay)


What book-to-movie adaptation are you excited to see? Feel free to share in the comments below or in your very own Movie Monday post (link below and don't forget to link back to you buddy here at Steph's Stacks!)

1 comment:

  1. Wow, this sounds really good. Movie looks pretty good too. <3



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