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 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!