This is a response paper to a blog and book about Pauline Kael, a prolific writer and film critic with significant contributions to cinema, for my Advanced Film Theory and Criticism class.
Who can forget such films that influenced eras and generations of film enthusiasts? Even the young filmgoers today would probably know “Star Wars,” “King Kong” and “Jurassic Park.”
Based on the novel of the same title by Hawaiian author Kaui Hart Hemmings, this 2011 film explores the ups and downs in the lives of an American family.
“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.
It’s not all about the big budget and bankable stars. These things actually count in the overall charm of a film, but they aren’t the only reasons why people love watching movies.
The story centers on a tightly knit group of the four girls Lena (Alexis Bledel), Bridget (Blake Lively), Carmen (America Ferrera) and Tibby (Amber Tamblyn).