Watched Aug 07, 2012
Lee Curtis’s review:
Regardless of directorial experience, particularly with meaningful and often dark features, Sam Mendes’ 2009 romantic comedy is very different. Little known lead actors, limited cinema release and a modest budget, Away We Go has all the look and feel of an indie film.
The central narrative is simple and formulaic, making it easy for focus to drift. However, if you give it the attention it deserves there are plenty of interesting characters interjected in order to keep it refreshing. This is where the support cast really shine – Jeff Daniels, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Jim Gaffigan, among others, provide thoroughly entertaining performances. Their sub-narratives provide the structure for the episodic narrative as they each provide an amalgam of different lives, focussing on the unique chemistry two people can share.
Much like other films of this ilk, Little Miss Sunshine being the most comparable, the comedy is centred on awkwardness and embarrassment, and this is where it excels. But, what’s really exciting is that even though he’s a director with years of experience and bags of acclaim, Mendes’ can cast all that aside and make something he really wants to make.