Monday, 15 February 2010

Away we go

This weekend I tried my best to torture my sweet pea with non-sentimental romantic movies, not an easy genre to come by. One of them was Away We Go, a more low key outing by Sam Mendes, low key meaning straight to dvd in Belgium and a nice departure from his stereotypical dark and brooding films.

Away We Go is a comedy / drama starring John (The Office) Krasinski and Maya (Saturday Night Live) Rudolph as soon to be parents who travel across America looking for the perfect place to set up home. No strangers in this road movie but lots of family and friends like Jeff Daniels, Catherine O'Hara, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Allison Janney just to name a few supporting actors in this stellar cast. After many misguided but hilarious adventures and moments of growth and enlightenment, they finally find their true home.

Each character is quirkier than the next, making this simple premises a true delight. The performances are top notch and the dialogues are superb filled with grace, truth and genuine emotion. This movie isn't romantic in the tragic "can't live without you" sense but in a mature every day kind of way, meaning it are the little things that count and it is truly remarkable to watch these characters grow, as people and as a couple, during such an exceptional voyage. Funny, sweet, realistic and somewhat reassuring, Away We Go also has a soothing soundtrack by Alexi Murdoch.

But the main reason I forced my pumpkin to see this exhilarating movie, is because it was written by Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida, his wife. Eggers, who is basically a one man literary institution, is slowly but surely embarking on a blossoming screenwriting career filled with the same edge, wit and warmth that make all his novels little gems. And don't even get me started on McSweeney's, the man is a god!

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