not all movies match up to the critic's views when the film is first released, however, for me, this is quite simply a '5 star' film.
the background to the film is the possible sale, for development of a beautiful and unspoilt cove which has been passed down the line for many generations, 'matt king' and his many family members would benefit from such a sale, however many 'hawaian' locals are against the sale, 'matt' who is trustee will have the last say on the matter.
however, for land-baron 'matt' puts the prospect of a sale on the back-burner when his life is turned upside down when his wife 'elizabeth' has a boating accident and is left in a coma.
'matt' now has to pay more attention to his youngest 'scottie'
when told that his wife will not recover he and 'scottie' travel to another island to pick up eldest daughter 'alexandra' who is a student at a boarding school.
'alexandra' is a little wayward with plenty of attitude, she soon gives her father another bombshell to deal with, telling him her mother was having an affair.
'matt' wants to confront the man he learns to be 'brian spear, but in the cold light of day feels that if 'brian' and his wife 'elizabeth' were in love, 'brian' should maybe have the oppertunity to say goodbye.
this is a quality movie, and, for me, is one of 'george clooney's finest performances' ...............enjoy