Barry Rubin, An Expert Film Reviewer's Take On 'The Descendants'

Highlight Hollywood’s Reviewer at Large is the famed Hollywood attorney Barry Rubin. Mr. Rubin is not only a brilliant attorney and an historian extraordinaire of Hollywood history, but a lover of the cinema both past and present. Here’s Mr. Rubin’s review of the latest Clooney film “The Descendants,” which is getting lots of Oscar buzz, and a little buzz from our very own film expert as well.

“The Descendants” stars George Clooney and a number of perfectly cast actors in this beautiful, sad and honest story based on the novel written by Kaui Hart Hemmings. Masterfully directed by Alexander Payne, the writing, directing and editing of the film create a wonderful viewing experience that takes the viewer to the heart of a family’s grief while allowing him or her to understand and share the frailties and positives of the human condition.

A large part of this movie’s success is due to the fine acting performance of Mr. Clooney. This is a portrayal that we will hear more about during the nominating process for Best Actor in 2012 and well deserved it will be. Mention must also be made of the superb acting done by a relative newcomer, Ms. Shailene Woodley, who, as Mr. Clooney’s character’s older daughter, displays a grace and dignity not often found in her peers. She is a star in the making.

I give this film 3 and 1/2 stars for at no time was I ever conscious of its length but, instead, only of its power and beauty.

Written By: Barry Rubin
Photograph Courtesy: Bobby Head/Link 81 Collection
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