It’s been the island craze for a few years, but the new Oscar-winning (Best Adapted Screenplay) classic, “The Descendants” is now on DVD.
For those of you who missed it, you’re lucky it’s now here for home viewing. Beyond the surface of Kaua‘i hosting George Clooney and renowned filmmaker Alexander Payne (”Sideways”), this film was made with and carries on the aloha spirit.
From a single view, you will see Kealia Beach, Lihu‘e Airport, Kipu Kai, Princeville and (shot in simplistic foreign film fashion) Hanalei Bay. The movie brings a new voice to Kaua‘i and its filmmaking history. It tells many stories (like life), but centers around Matt King (Clooney) and how he must deal with his daughters after his wife is in a coma after a boating accident.
There are no movie cliches, no gimmicks. This truly is an Alexander Payne film. Aside from seeing our island’s beauty, we once again get to be part of the history of cinema. Only this time, it’s for a unique director bringing a Hawaiian novelist’s words to screen. The book, “The Descendants,” was penned by a local girl, Kaui Hart Hemmings.
Take the time to rent this movie to support local stories. I guarantee if you watch this movie you will think a local boy directed it. Plus, you’ll be seeing Kaua‘i in a way it’s never been captured. This is top notch cinematography and Oscar-nominated directing, editing and acting. This is the first time in this new column I will say DO NOT MISS this one.
• Paul Booth of Lihu‘e is a Kaua‘i Community College graduate, film producer and consultant. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.