June 25, 2009
Review - " Away We Go " - (in Theaters) By Roland Hansen
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everything else about them is completely different. For however dark and serious Revolutionary Road was, Away We Go is
equally light and funny. In this film, the story focuses on a couple truly in love who team up to fight the world instead of one
This film wouldn’t have been as strong as it was without the stellar performances by Maya as Verona De Tessant and John
as Burt Furlander. Maya is truly beautiful in this film, inside and out. She leaves the humor to her amazing supporting cast of
Catherine O’Hara, Jeff Daniels, Allison Janney, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Jim Gaffigan, and gives an amazingly strong and
endearing dramatic performance. John who we’re used to seeing as the level headed, Jim from “The Office,” is zany and
uncontrollable, and shows us a whole new side of him as well.
John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph are one of the most appealing and believable screen couples to star in a romantic
comedy. Not only do they project terrific chemistry, but they adeptly switch between broad comedy and poignancy,
sometimes in the same scene.
This is even more noteworthy because neither has much film experience, having both made their names in television
comedies - The Office in Krasinski's case and Saturday Night Live for Rudolph. Mendes deserves credit for choosing them
as leads, and also for the quirky supporting cast. Maggie Gyllenhaal and Allison Janney give hilarious performances in roles
that are extreme yet familiar.
The love in the film is real, from an awkward and yet realistic sex scene between Maya and John which kicks off the movie, to
the struggles that other couples have along the way, every relationship is weird in it’s own way, and none are without their
faults. The truth about love is that it’s not perfect, and Burt and Verona are no exception, but it’s how all these different
people deal with their imperfections that make them both interesting and hilarious.
What I loved most about this film, is that almost everyone walked out of the theater in silence, not because of the subject
matter, but because the film leaves you in a near dreamlike state and makes you wonder about who you are and how your
surrondings effect you. We always think that we live somewhere, but the truth is that the place often defines who we are and
what we do.
After the film, not only was I ready to pack my bags and head out on an adventure, but I couldn’t help but wonder, would I be
the same person in a different place, surrounded by different people? Would I ever be free enough to pick up everything and
find the place that is right for me, or will I just make do with my surroundings?
Overall, this is sweet story that
brings out the crazy in everyone.
Everyone has their idea of what the
perfect family is, what parents
should be like, and what makes a
good couple, but sometimes the
best anyone can do, is just try to be
good for someone else. Mistakes
are made and no one is perfect, so
why not sit back, and try to enjoy
the weirdness in life for an hour
and a bit?
Away We Go strikes an artful
balance between satirical comedy
and heart-wrenching drama. And
even more unusual, it achieves
this in the context of a road trip.
Away We Go is an exploratory and
occasionally bittersweet trek that
takes unexpected turns and winds
up in an emotionally satisfying
Away We Go
Directed by Sam Mendes
Starring: John Krasinski, Maya Rudolph,
Catherine O'Hara, Jeff Daniels, Allison
Janney, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Paul Schneider
Away We Go is a new film by Sam Mendes,
which stars Maya Rudolph and John
Krasinski, in a real life comedy about a couple
who are about to have a baby and set off to
find a place that they can call “home.” On
their journey they visit a number of old friends
and relatives in different places. As is
commonly the case with Mendes, he quickly
dissects each relationship in front of us
showing us how no one is without their faults.
Although you may be quickly drawing parallels
to Mendes’ recent drama, Revolutionary
Road, I assure you, that this film is completely
different. Yes, both films are centered around
a couple in the process of change, but