' Cinema Romantico: The Power of the Movies

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The Power of the Movies

The last shot of "The Descendants" (out on DVD today and hopefully waiting for me at my doorstep this evening) is striking (and strikingly simple) in so many ways but rather than looking at it in the context of the film as a whole today let's look at it simply from the angle of what our trio - Matt, Alex and Scottie - are doing. That is, watching a movie.

They have just deposited their wife/mother's ashes into the Pacific and they gather together beneath a blanket, load up on ice creamed calories and watch "March of the Penguins."


That's all.

But isn't that everything?

2 comments:

Castor said...

(thumbs up)

alleyesonscreen.com said...

This was actually one of my favorite shots from the film. I was really impressed with the overall tone of that last scene, and how something as simple as watching TV together as a family in the end can speak so much without any dialogue.

Hope you enjoyed your second viewing of The Descendants, Nick!