Thursday, July 16, 2009

I think we might be fuck-ups.

Now here is a movie . . . Away We Go is lovely: superbly acted, sweet, poignant, hilarious. This small little movie, directed by modern master Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Revolutionary Road, etc.) is really an amazingly delightful time at the theater. I loved every second of this road film.

John Krasinski (from The Office) does a great job as one half of a young couple expecting a baby, and I am very happy to see that he can bring the same charms to a more dramatic (but still funny) role. But the true revelation here is Maya Rudolph from Saturday Night Live. She is quite simply amazing. She captures the attention of the camera and radiates throughout. She should earn a nomination for this film.

Burt and Verona travel the continent searching for a home, and their travels bring them to a couple of supporting characters that really add to the comedy here. Allison Janney does a hilarious turn as a white trash mom, and Maggie Gyllenhaal really nails it with her portrayal of a strange, new age mother.

But it is the relationship bewteen Burt and Verona that really strikes the most powerful chord. This film is written by the excellent author Dave Eggers and his wife Vendela Vida, and the script hits so many perfect notes.

This is a wonderful picture.


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