Monday, June 22, 2009

Away We Go

I really wanted to see Away We Go. I like just about everyone involved in this film, from Dave Eggers (screenwriter) to Sam Mendes (director) to John Krasinski (lead actor). Additionally, the film focuses on two of my favorite things: a couple in a long-term relationship and traveling around America. Combined with music from Alexi Murdoch and a cute indie aesthetic, how could this movie not be my favorite film of all time?

Well, I guess it was a little too me for me to enjoy it as much as I'd hoped. It was good, but it was also really predictable, and at times felt a little fake. Some moments were great, including turns by Melanie Lynskey and Chris Messina as parents with difficulty conceiving, and Krasinski at his most charming during a Casey Kasem impression, but the film fell flat an awful lot, and I came away a little disappointed. Roger said, "It was like a sequel to Garden State," and while I really hated Garden State and more or less enjoyed this, I can see his point. They both focus on finding home in a world where you've been lost for some time, and they both have really good soundtracks. Maybe at this point in my life, I'm more about embracing being lost than about trying to find a way out of it.

In any event, I'd recommend checking it out, but maybe not at a really expensive theatre. The theatre we saw it at, Cobble Hill Cinemas, was amazing. At only $6.50 for matinees or Tuesday/Thursday showings, the price can't be beat, and you get to see an amazing opening before the film starts, which reminded me of the drive-in theatre we used to go to when I was a little kid.

1 comment:

  1. The main thing that bothered me was that it failed to explore a lot of the interesting themes that came up and then went a little too far with the more obvious parts of the plot. Also I wasn't crazy about the Alexi Murdoch soundtrack but that is probably because I overplayed his music sometime in college and am more into wordless ambient music these days.