Half Sweet, Half Salty -
Movie Reviews for Movie Lovers
Monday, January 23, 2012
The Silver Fox won a Golden Globe for his performance as Matt King, a Hawaiian lawyer who has a lot on his plate.He's dealing with a wife in a coma from a boating accident, two wayward daughters, the conundrum of selling land with his extended family for a small fortune, oh and his dying wife was also cheating on him with Shaggy from the Scooby Doo movies (Matthew Lillard). Not much to deal with then.
The movie is set in the ridiculously picturesque paradise of the islands of Hawaii. Part of the film's message is that it doesn't matter where you live, problems are problems. Yes, but a nice view eases the pain, take it from someone who lives somewhere not dissimilar to Hawaii! This film should have been great, but it just wasn't. Clooney's performance is good, he's a good actor of course, but he's done better. I felt he was just phoning it in. Matt is supposed to mellow and learn from these difficult experiences, but it isn't apparent, his role in Up in the Air was far superior, more nuanced, must less shallow. The daughters are good, but again there is little depth to them, and the older daughter Alexandra (Shailene Woodley) brings along her stoner boyfriend Sid (Nick Krause) who is daft as a brush. Slightly reminiscent of the Keanu Reeves character in Parenthood. In that movie though, initially he seems to be a half wit but brings a thoughtful balance and insight to the family. Sid is just a half wit, a nice half wit but he just seems to amplify everything that's wrong with the film. It deals with some very tough subjects which can be funny in real life, but the humour just falls short of the mark and seems juvenile.
I came away just feeling dissatisfied, and the next day can barely remember it. Another thing that totally ruined it for me was the organ donation scene early on when the Dr is telling Matt that his wife won't make it. It is techniquly inaccurate which I find irresponsible when we need to promote organ donation. The Dr states there is no brain stem function and then talks about her battling on for years. Brain stem death is death. It's not a persistent vegetative stae as was implied. He went on to say that as she wanted to donate her organs so they would have to disconnect hermfrom the ventilator.Dont go to that hospital no matter how beautiful the setting. People that are generous enough to gift their organs need to be kept ventilated until their organs are removed and given to others to save lives They are not disconnected, left to die and then operated on. If the body has no oxygen, neither does the heart, kidneys or lungs and they all die. This kind of shoddy research really irks me. They could have just googled the protocol for heaven's sake!
It's an entertaining film, for the time that you're watching it. But Gold for the Silver one, I would have put my money on Leo and I haven't seen J Edgar yet. The Descendents: A relatively good film, but won't go down in history as a classic. 6/10'