Review: Away We Go (2009)

MFR Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
This is the second time I’ve seen Away We Go, a film that disappeared under many people’s radar when it was first released a couple of years ago but I’ve got to say it still holds up as a really sweet movie.

Directed by Sam Mendes (the man charged with the next Bond film) and starring Maya Rudolph and John Kransinski as Verona and Burt, a thirty-something couple very much in love but at somewhat of a crossroads. Away We Go plays out as a super sentimental and funny travelogue movie. Verona’s pregnant with the couple’s first child and they discover the news that Burt’s parents are randomly setting off to live in Antwerp, leaving the couple to consider what’s keeping them in their area. They set off on a trip in search of finding somewhere new to raise their family, visiting friends and relations from around North America to try and find their perfect spot.

The central relationship between Verona and Burt is entirely believable and endearing. They may not ever fight, but they don’t seem like a perfect couple either, despite their obvious love which adds a lot to the realism of the story. They encounter a lot of strange characters on their travels, including Allison Janney as a very funny mother who takes pleasure in insulting her kids. Most of the encounters work really well and really add something to the development of the central relationship. Essentially it’s a ‘feel good’ film about two really sweet people trying to get by in life. John Kransinski is a little type cast as the ‘nice guy’ even though he’s extremely good at it, but thankfully Away We Go is a long way away from a Hollywood romantic-cliche, something that a lot of far less gifted directors and screenwriters could have turned this film into.

I enjoy this movie so much that I think I’ll carry on going through the work of Sam Mendes. He’s only done 4 other films, but if anyone has any recommendations in terms of which one to review next, let me know in the comments.

Comments and feedback are always welcome or just give the film a rating by using the stars at the top.

Review by David Rank


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