Since the advent of Hulu, Netflix, and a virtual flood of movie streaming sites (whether legitimate or otherwise), the number of people attending movies has declined. In an attempt to salvage the Hollywood industry single-handedly, I’ve gone to two movies since my break began. The following posts will chronicle these events.
This movie follows the wealthy King family in Hawaii as they struggle with the mother’s lapse into a coma after a boating accident. The scenic Pacific coast shots and ukulele driven soundtrack clash sharply with the grief that hits the Kings like a tsunami. But don’t get the idea that this movie is exclusively morbid: the arc of the plot reveals a family—once drifting apart—reunited under the duress of a hospitalized mother, despite arguments or unearthed secrets.
The movie did a number of things exquisitely. Every dramatic movie needs a comic relief, and this character (coincidentally my favorite) was Sid: an odd cross between Jack Black and David Hasselhoff who never seemed to pick up on social cues. George Clooney’s depiction of a middle aged man (salads for lunch, morning runs, constantly checking a blackberry) were so dead-on that I teased my Dad about it. And it wasn’t that weird going with my parents. Heck, there weren’t many people there anyway, so no one judged me…wait, I get what they mean about declining attendance!