365 High-Def Days of Oscar: Day 32
Best Adapted Screenplay
THE PLOT THUS FAR
A land baron tries to re-connect with his two daughters after his wife is seriously injured in a boating accident.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
Matt King is the workaholic, a lawyer who lives in Hawaii. He has a good life – at least until his thrill-seeking wife suffers a serious head injury during a powerboat race, placing her in a deep coma. Matt’s orderly life is no more. He must not only deal with the fact that he may never speak with his wife again, he must also learn an entirely new way of life – one with a domestic tinge. As wife Elizabeth’s condition deteriorates, Matt must also deal with family and friends and open doors he never knew existed. All right, that’s sort of cryptic, so let me give you this tidbit that is in no way a secret in the plot – Elizabeth, Matt shortly discovers, was having an affair at the time of her accident. On top of all of that stress and drama, Matt is the sole trustee of a huge plot of land that has been a part of his family for a very, very long time. He and his cousins have decided to field offers for the land, because the trust becomes dissolved in seven short years. Should they sell to the highest bidder or to a local businessman?
The core of the entire story is Clooney’s unbelievably terrific performance; he is vulnerable, strong, confused, decisive, anguished, angry. It’s not every actor who can pull off such a wide range of expression, and Clooney is so effective in this movie that you sincerely feel as if you are standing directly in his shoes, seeing all from his perspective rather than just through his eyes. To say that Clooney’s Matt is troubled is an understatement, but what makes this performance so remarkable to me is that at no time does he have all of the answers, and at no time does he have no answers at all.
The Blu-Ray comes with featurettes, music videos and deleted scenes. Plus, you get a digital copy and DVD copy. The A/V Quality is pretty sharp for a drama, but it’s Hawaii and you should expect some epic setups. That being said, the 1080p transfer makes the most out of the tropical domestic setups. The DTS-HD 5.1 master audio makes the most out of the limited action, but it’s the film that speaks for itself. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW!