Sunday, June 21, 2009

Go See Now: Away We Go

Been away from my blogging duties for a while, but I wanted to mention that I saw Away We Go, the new Sam Mendes movie with John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph. Honestly, if this isn't my favorite film of 2009, then we're in for the best year ever.

Away We Go is the story of Burt and Verona, a young couple about to have their first child. They are islands of sanity in a sea of madness, and as they travel around the country, searching for the best place to raise their daughter, they encounter that sea head-on. Away We Go is about what it takes to raise a child in this world, and about how difficult it is to keep love strong. It's also the funniest and best-written movie of the year so far, with a central performance by Rudolph that will erase all images of her from Saturday Night Live.

The ending of this movie is sweet and sad and exactly right, and I left the theater with a wide smile. For some reason, even though it stars two well-known television personalities and was directed by a guy who's won an Oscar, this movie is only playing in select theaters right now. I had to drive 20 miles to see it, but believe me, it was worth it.


  1. Is this the screenplay written by Dave Eggers and his wife? I don't know if you read much besides CD covers, Salles, but you should check out Eggers' material.

    Keep up the blogging. You're a new media mogul.

  2. I have heard of these things called "books," but I've never cracked one open. It's words printed on paper, you say? ;-)

    I don't actually get to read as much as I'd like, but I have read Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, and You Shall Know Our Velocity, and the short story collection. And I got What is the What as a gift a year or so ago, and there it sits on my "to read" pile. Hopefully soon...

    Yes, Away We Go is the Dave Eggers/Vendela Vida movie. You can tell. Very well written.