The first trailer for The Descendants revealed a good portion of the plot, but you’re not going to find that here. Instead, option number two has taken a step forward by giving us a taste of the general mood of the film, and fans of Alexander Payne’s previous work (Sideways, About Schmidt) should be pleased. George Clooney stars as Matt King, a Hawaii-dwelling lawyer-slash-clueless-parent who needs to reconnect with his daughters after his wife is injured in a boating accident. Somewhere along the way, he learns that she was having an affair. That one is a hard pill to swallow, so you’ll have to excuse King for taking off his rose-colored Hawaiian sunglasses.
Both trailers promise the lovely blend of comedy and heart-wrenching drama that Payne has achieved in the past. I especially like how the calming luau music and beautiful scenery is juxtaposed with chaotic scenes from King’s family life. Is that kid throwing furniture in a pool? Watch the trailer: