Saturday, June 27, 2009

Away We Go - Movie Review

Away We Go (R) 97 minutes C
Away We Go feels like a familiar trip

Starring John Krasinski, Maya Rudolph, Jeff Daniels, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Allison Janney, Chris Messina, Catherine O’Hara, and Paul Schneider

Away We Go is an ambitious film about love and couplehood that falls short of originality and real substance. John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph are very likable on screen but I didn't find them necessarily believable. Their aloof and whimsical love affair is one to be admired (to a certain extinct) yet unfortunately this outing felt like a generic collage of several hip films within the genre.

Away We Go is an interesting film fully capable of keeping your attention throughout even though it tries a little too hard to be "different" and cool (note how the introspective music kicks in at all the opportune moments begging the audience for compassion). Performances by Allison Janney, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Chris Messina and Jeff Daniels, all talented actors/actresses are wasted. Their characters are contrived and cliche, the slow subtlety of the film leaves their dialogue hanging like bad punchlines.

I know it sounds like I'm ripping on this film but it does have some redeeming qualities. It is worth seeing at one of the second run/discount movie houses in your area, I was disappointed but that's partly because I had such high expectations.

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