The progeny. The best movie of the first twenty days of the year.
The progeny. The best movie of the first twenty days of the year.
Movie: The progeny.
Original title: The descendants.
Direction: Alexander Payne.
Country: It uses. Year: 2011. Duration: 110 min.
Genre: Drama, comedy.
Interpretation: George Clooney (Matt King), Judy Greer (Julie Speer), Matthew Lillard (Brian Speer), Beau Bridges (cousin Hugh), Shailene Woodley (Alexandra), Robert Forster (Scott Thorson), Nick Krause (Sid), Patricia Hastie (Elizabeth King), will Love Miller (Scottie King), Mary Birdsong (Kai Mitchell), Rob Huebel (Mark Mitchell).
Script: Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash; based on the novel of Kaui Hart Hemmings.
Production: Jim Burke, Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor.
It photographs: Phedon Papamichael.
Assembly: Kevin Tent.
Production design: Jane Ann Stewart.
Wardrobe: Wendy Chuck.
Distributor: Hispanic Foxfilm.
I release in USA: On November 16, 2011. I release in Spain: On January 20, 2012.
Qualification for ages: Not recommended for 7-year-old minors.
After an accident of its wife, Matt King (George Clooney) turns out to be forced to channel its life and to try to restore its relation with its daughters: Scottie of 10 years, rebellious and desubicada in the world, and the 17-year-old adolescent and rebellious Alexandra. Matt is a lawyer and he has had the fortune of inheriting a rich patrimony that he has been able to keep almost intact. This heredity, fruit of the union between the royalty from Hawaii and the missionaries, provides and has provided to the multimillionaire Kings income. The holders of the last areas are virgins of the islands of an incalculable value. Not only King is in game coming from the family but of the whole island that sees its calmness threatened. Alexandra opens the eyes to its father and puts him in precedents on the discovery that did on having caught its mother with a lover. From here on Matt initiates the search to know that type of family is the one that it has.
“My friends of the continent believe that because I live in Hawái, I am in the Paradise. That, as in a few permanent holidays, here we all are not at all more than drinking Mai Tais, wiggling the hips and playing with the waves. Is it that they are crazy?”
Matt King, protagonist of The Progeny.
I admit that this sensation is the one that I have of the archipelago from Hawaii. The insipid letter of the song of Meccano «Hawaii - Bombay« reminds it to us like a paradise. It is sure that it it is. But what is The progeny is a movie that us shows in all its reality to an American society (I remind to them that the archipelago from Hawaii is one of the North American states, although Obama takes charge already of it). And there its big value takes root. In reflecting, under the human and understandable look, the daily thing without big show.
Payne, its director, reports us of lively and entertaining form, the adventures of the family King. You are they center on the drama of seeing the wife and mother weakened in the bed as a result of an accident with a motorboat. Matt King, father, husband, lawyer, simple, austere and the person in charge of a trusteeship of a large heredity fruit of the union of its ancestors: missionaries and white landowners with natives of the royalty from Hawaii.
The main subject-matter of the movie is the loss of a dear. But other threads argue them they will take us to aspects nearer to us and in which anyone we can feel identified, as there are the disagreements in the marriage, the paternal - subsidiary conflict, the illness and up to the problems derived for aspiring to a heredity.
And there arises Matt's powerful figure who, on the one hand, meets in the need to recapture its life. Its wife is in comma weakened in the hospital and there are no possibilities of recovery. He alone was a father in the reservation. He was not playing as starter. Alone it was acting in case of need. This way it is necessary to take charge of a few daughters, Alexandra and Scottie (of 17 and 10 years) that are not known (for not saying indifferent). And on the other hand it has to fight with its family constituted by a cousins' innumerable quantity for that they wait that it bandages the last virgin area of the tropical islands to a big multinational that will change the scenery of the environment into the "progress" (there are already known, that one housings, «big commercial surfaces», golf courses and an extensive one etc.). Quite in exchange for many million dollars that they will extract of the ruin to the lavish relatives. A family, King, of big landowners who have not been capable of assimilating the culture not so even in the communicative aspect: they have not bothered to learn the inhabitant of Hawaii. Matt has to add to this the popular pressure that defends the values of this paradise. And, also, a father-in-law, Scott Thorson, who blames him of almost quite (even almost of the alzhéimer that has its wife).
The action breaks loose when the doctors of the hospital recommend to Matt to warn the family and friends so that they say goodbye of Elizabeth. And it is from this moment when the protagonist begins its personal search. A search that begins for the elder daughter and ends for the ethical duty of the resolution on the sale of areas. Matt looks for its place in the world and paradoxically, the idyllic paradise that surrounds him has him disconcerted. It will go to the meeting of its daughter who had her imprisoned in an elitist school so that they were putting it in path. It will discover that its wife had a lover, an opportunist who only was looking for the economic benefit under protection of this decision on the sale of the area to a big real estate agency. They will meet a few friends who had concealed it; to a few cousins that the only thing that they are interested in is when they can have the money. Pero Matt also initiates the search of its progeny. He wants to know what decision they would take before the dilemma that appears before him.
For the daughters of the marriage King this trip to communicate the news to friends and relatives supposes also a personal search. Scottie is an ignoramus of the situation. Scarcely it has conscience from what it goes on, does not know that its mother dies. And it will have to mature of blow and punch. Alexandra who with only 17 years seems to be back of everything but it will end up by supporting its father with whom up to this moment scarcely it had had a relation that was not going on from the cordial thing.
The Progeny it has been released in Spain with the blessing of the golden Balloons and also the pleasure of the criticism. Few discordant notes I have read on her. And the truth, the fact is that I do not understand it very well. It is an entertaining movie, it is a big performance of George Clooney but it is not a masterpiece and I hope that it of the best movie of the year the best movie should remain «that I have seen in the first 20 days of the year».
The Progeny it has things worthy of mention as it is the big wise move of the director who has been able to be unrolled perfectly not to fall down in a promotional tourist leaflet of Hawaii (this paradise) or in an environmental pamphlet. Also I emphasize the absurd situations but that fit to the perfection and that turn out to be very believable. Especially those that there leads Sid (he has its particular trip: to turn into member of the family), the friend tontorrón of Alexandra (like the scene of the punch that its grandfather provides to him). In the life not always we behave following a script and that is very well gathered in the movie.
It is meritorious also the role that there plays Elizabeth weakened in the bed that turns into tears cloth and confesora, inertly, of its family. It it is not Alexandra's careless dubbing that until you get accustomed to its inappropriate voice you a few minutes have gone away.
And, finally, the script and the big performance of George Clooney do that this movie is, for me, the best movie of the first twenty days of the year. It is sure that there takes some Óscar, insurance that yes, so 5 nominations have just granted to him. If we add that it has already gained 2 golden Balloons (better dramatic movie and better main actor) the most probable thing to this the fact is that it leaves me in bad place. But I hope that it should not be the best of the year and we could see in more than 330 days that reduce many big movies.
A small long pole goes for the official web. I am going neither to bother nor in putting it of the simple thing and malona that is.
And a good work, very advisable, on aspects of the movie:
www.lahiguera.net / cinemania / movie / 4996/comentario.php
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