Tuesday, November 22, 2011
George Clooney just keeps getting better and better, as if that were possible! In this drama, he plays "Matt King" - up until now --- mostly absent -- husband and father of two young girls. Preoccupied with business (very successful) interests, he comes home when his wife is severely injured in a boating accident. Masterfully directed by Alexander Payne, the story takes place in Hawaii and doesn't fall into the usual cliche of surfing, etc. There's history here, and superb performances, especially by 20 year old Shailene Woodley who plays "Alexandra" the older (seventeen) daughter. Deeply moving, full of heart (and when the heart is full, it can overflow into tears),this is a film worth seeing.