Away We Go
dir. Sam Mendes
I’d been hearing a lot of chatter about this movie for the past few weeks, so, last Tuesday, I decided to see what all the hype was about and watch the thing for myself. To my delight, I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome.
Getting together a cast of characters like Allison Janney, Jeff Daniels, Maggie Gyllenhaal, John Krasinski, and Maya Rudolph certainly proves to work wonders in Away We Go. An expectant couple, Burt and Verona (Krasinski and Rudolph), is in search of the perfect place to start a family. The story bounces all across America while Burt and Verona scope out cities to live in with stops in Arizona, Wisconsin and even into Canada where we meet a mixed bag of characters ranging from Verona’s in-your-face ex-coworker, Lily (Janney) to LN (Gyllenhaal), a free-spirited, childhood friend of Burt’s. Accompanying the film is a mellow, acoustic, Nick Drake-esque soundtrack by Alexi Murdoch which, at times, calms the chaos and constant motion that can ensue when traveling about the country. A prefect movie to kick off summer, Away We Go makes all the right moves and its way onto my dvd’s-to-buy-when-they-come-out list.
— Haley Rheinhart —