new experience #40: spend nye with george clooney in hawaii

i know, i know…this new experience‘s title is cheesy, i agree. but i just couldn’t resist. plus, it makes me giggle.

for new year’s eve, i wanted a new movie experience. i had two paths i could take: it was either spend time gazing at george, or watch an indy flick about marilyn monroe (my week with marilyn).

in previous years, a new year’s eve movie outing has been a frequent choice of entertainment. i am 99.9% sure i have never watched a george clooney film on the last night of the year. but just to be sure i have a certifiable new experience on my hands, i am including the “…in hawaii” in today’s title. no way do i want to cheat on my project when we’re so close to the end!

anyway, decisions, decisions. without too much internal debate, though, george’s charisma and charm


– not to mention rugged and dashing appearance –


beat out my curiosity about the blonde bombshell that was marilyn monroe [i would still really like to see “my week with marilyn,” though].

and can you believe that i had my choice of two george clooney movies? yes! the princess was showing both the descendants


and the ides of march


on new year’s eve. let me assure you that i carefully debated both my options before going with “the descendants.” a political thriller, “the ides of march” sounds like i would really have to concentrate in order to follow the storyline…and who wants to think on the biggest party night of the year?!

i was ready to park myself in a theatre seat and veg out by the time saturday eve came around. it was a busy week at the store! [sorry to tangent here for a minute, but it needs to be said: whatever goodwill and festive cheer people exhibited before christmas completely went down the drain during boxing week. i had more negative encounters, whiny complaints, and verbal scoldings (undeserved!) this past week than over the entire year. i’ll stop now as no one wants to read a negative blog post this soon after new year’s – but i have enough to vent about that i could do a whole blog entry!].

“the descendants” started at 6:45 p.m. and was 115 minutes long. perfect! i’d be home before the clock struck twelve 9 p.m.

friends jeff and katie were at the movie! we all sat together!

weatherwise, it was freakishly mild out saturday eve. a lovely night to go out – not quite hawaii-ish, though!

the theatre was pretty much sold out for the early showing. george draws a good crowd!

i’ll let you google/research the movie on your own if you’d like reviews/storyline recaps. here are my impressions:

  • i really liked this movie: family drama, a multi-layered storyline, bits of humour – it’s all in “the descendants.” this was totally my favourite type of movie (all about people!).
  • if you liked the kids are all right, i think you’d enjoy this film.
  • it wasn’t quite the right movie to see on new year’s eve! it’s quite sombre in tone – moreso than i anticipated; i would choose something lighter to usher in the new year.
  • george is fantastic in his role (and i’m not just saying that because i ♥ him). he truly is believable. the man is just such a  fine actor. think about up in the air, michael clayton…i’d rank “the descendants” right up there with these stellar performances.
  • the scenery is breathtaking and gorgeous. the landscape and greenery reminded me of aruba.
  • i loved how, with the exception of george, there are no big name actors in this film. it makes the characters all the more true-to-life.
  • shortcomings: after a strong start, the movie’s pace drags in the middle, then regains focus towards the conclusion.
  • for the roles of matt king’s (george’s) two daughters, i was not that fond of the casting of scottie (amara miller); however, shailene woodley, as daughter alex, was phenomenal.

conclusion: yes, i can strongly recommend that you see this movie (bring tissues). my four star rating? *** (three stars). the george-star rating? **** (four!!!)

an evening with george clooney? any time, thanks!


who’s your favourite male actor? tom cruise and george are my top favourites. i need to get out to see mission impossible iv!!

ever been to hawaii? no, and i am not sure if/when i will ever get there. it’s easier to travel to the caribbean from southern ontario!

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  • Dorry  On January 2, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    Billy and I saw the Descendents last week and loved it, but it was very sad! Great acting, kept me entertained. Also – we’ve experienced some of the frustrated, impatient guests at the store the past week. I think everyone is just in overdrive trying to get things done before they go back to work.

    I’ve been to Hawaii once with my family. I was in 7th grade and had a great time, but I’d love to go back as an adult!

    • 1970kikiproject  On January 2, 2012 at 10:12 pm

      yes! i remembered that you had mentioned going to see “the descendants” – i agree that it was sad yet wonderfully acted. yes, you are due for a return to hawaii! although your time in belize is also note-worthy!

  • Zo  On January 2, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Ryan Gosling is becoming one of my favorites after seeing Crazy, Stupid, Love.
    I’ve never been to Hawaii, but I’d like to get there sometime!
    Sounds like you had a fun New Year’s !

    • 1970kikiproject  On January 2, 2012 at 12:17 pm

      oh, yes! i liked ryan gosling ever since “the proposal!” good answer! and he’s canadian! i can’t remember if i saw “crazy stupid love” – i need to, if not!

  • Johanna G.  On January 2, 2012 at 11:21 am

    I have discovered a deep and abiding affection for Nathan Fillion. It started with the TV series Firefly and continues with Castle which I’m watching on DVD right now. Charming, tall, handsome and quirky. Yes please! 🙂

    • 1970kikiproject  On January 2, 2012 at 12:18 pm

      (tangent: thank you for posting as johanna G – very helpful!). nathan fillion is new to me – will need to google! and i love your list of adjectives – all requisites for a celeb crush, i say!

  • Stephanie  On January 2, 2012 at 10:49 am

    I’m a lifelong Jonny Depp fan. George Clooney…well, he’s not my favourite. But I did think that O Brother Where Art Thou was a phenomenal movie.

    • 1970kikiproject  On January 2, 2012 at 12:20 pm

      do you remember 21 jump street, the tv show?! that was intro to johnny depp and i was smitten right away. never seen o brother where art thou – i’m putting it on my “to see” list!

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