Away We Go

Away We Go review

Away We Go pips In The Loop and Bruno as the funniest film of the year so far. Wait a minute… a Sam Mendes comedy? Didn’t he just bring out the darkly dramatic drama-drama, Revolutionary Road, the other week?

A light story involving a couple traipsing across America to find a place to live holds encounters with other couples, alternate reality versions of themselves, through which they discover who they are and want (or more often don’t want) to be. Yeah. That’s right. It’s one of those soul-searching flicks. It’s a bit overly sentimental in places, which could be a problem if it was a longer film, but the script more than makes up for that with some hilarious but never unbelievable dialogue.

The charming chemistry between relative unknowns John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph is good enough to assume that they must now be together and planning for children in real life. With Sam Mendes as the godfather. He has extracted superb acting performances, from leads and support, and deftly interpreted a first-class script. Not that he was ever particularly low, Mr. Mendes has shot up in my estimation.

4 out of 5

10th Sep 2009 | Official site | On IMDb