Away We Go

June 5, 2010 § 1 Comment

What's wrong with this movie? Some thoughts in random order.

*Watching actors read a cute McSweeney's story doesn't make for an entertaining hour and a half.

*It's being played for realism while every word is loaded with self-consciousness. The effect is shallowness. The characters are annoying. Alison Janney alone finds her way through the script.

*Maya Rudolph is kind of adrift. I love her. She's great. But she can't hold the screen.

*There's funny stuff here but it's sandwiched between things I feel stupid laughing at.


§ One Response to Away We Go

  • chrismelito says:

    Wow, I could not disagree more. Well, I could disagree more, but then I’d just be a gigantic douchebag. I found the film to be both delightful and entertaining, for the full hour-and-a-half. I felt that the dialogue was a fine example of realism, especially in comparison to a vast majority of the tripe Hollywood produces. I don’t understand your comment about "self-consciousness." I didn’t read that into the dialogue at all, and actually felt it was quite refreshing. The characters all seemed to be quite comfortable with each other, sharing true feelings, which is perhaps why they appeared self-conscious. But hey, that’s just my take on it.I thought Maya Rudolph was excellent, and absolutely held my attention. She was one of the few bright spots during her tenure on SNL, and I have enjoyed her ever since.The soundtrack was simply fantastic, especially Velvet Underground’s appearance in the Montreal "strip club."Easily one of my favourite films of the last five years.

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