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Saturday, June 6, 2009

Review: AWAY WE GO

Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes. Yes.

This is what I'm talkin' about.

Finally, a movie that's simple. It's so simple. It's perfect.

Sam Mendes' Away We Go is a story about finding what is right and not settling. That is, until you settle down. It's very simple, but fantastic. It's fantastically written, it's fantastically acted, and every scene in the movie is just right.

John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph play Burt and Verona, an unmarried couple living in the middle of nowhere. They are about to have a baby girl and they need to find a place to live, to raise her. The entire film follows them looking for the perfect town to spend their life in. They travel all over America and even into Canada just looking for the perfect place.

Ok. John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph: WOW. The two of them really blew me away. Neither are anything like the previous roles they have played. Krasinski is still nothing short of hilarious, but almost nothing like his character on The Office, Jim, which he seems to be some offshoot of every time he is in a movie (Cough, cough, License to Wed, cough). He plays Burt as a bit dull, but totally endearing. Every time you wonder what Verona sees in him, he does something lovable, and then you say, "Oh, that's why".

Maya Rudolph is NOTHING like her previous characters here. The last movie I saw her in was Idiocracy, and while she is funny in it, it's not a performance worth remembering. I didn't know she had a performane like this in her. She is very sweet, and most of her struggle goes on in her mind. But the reason Rudolph is so fantastic in this movie is because we can feel it. For an actress to be able to make the audience to feel her internal, non-verbal struggle is incredibly impressive. I can't wait to see more roles for Rudolph like this.

The screenplay, by Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida is really a piece of art. It's one of those works like Stranger Than Fiction, where you just want to read it, and look at all the little intricacies that you know are there. The number one reason this movie is so great is because of how wonderful the screenplay is. Of course, Krasinski and Rudolph's acting makes it top notch as well, but the script cannot be forgotten.

Also anyone who is a fan of the music of Alexi Murdoch is going to be in for a treat. I am, and I was. He does pretty much the entire soundtrack, and his haunting voice provides a perfect undertone for the whole movie. I also can't help but think they might have modeled Krasinski's whole look off of Murdoch.

Go see this movie. John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph are two actors you are sure to fall in love with after you leave the theater. Sam Mendes has once again, brought us a movie that can be watched over, and over, and over. Life is long, and life is hard. There are things you can control, and there are things you can't. But the important thing is to wait it out. Do what feels right, and don't settle for anything less than what is right for you.

Go see this movie. Away with you.

Away you go.

4 stars

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