This is a response paper to the Andrew Sarris essay “Notes on the Auteur Theory in 1962” from the book “Film Theory and Criticism: Introductory Readings” by Leo Braudy and Marshall Cohen for my Advanced Film Theory and Criticism class.
“The Descendants” is a non-preachy family drama packaged as an island-hopping road movie. Sometimes heartfelt, sometimes heartbreaking, this dramedy works as a wry and perceptive portrait of a family in crisis.
Burton’s early career was filled with luck and opportunities, but not necessarily inspiring and fulfilling ones for him. For his years of struggle as a young artist, what kept him in the industry were his distinct talent and the originality of his works.