“Away We Go” The Real Dynamic Duo

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Kids/Family and Romance

Running Time: 1 hr. 37 min.

Release Date: June 5th, 2009 (limited)

MPAA Rating: R for language and some sexual content.

Distributors: Focus Features

Directed by: Sam Mendes

JJ Rating: A

Like leaves in the wind couple Burt (John Krasinski) and Verona (Maya Rudolph) go from city to city on a personal adventure to find a place for their new home for their on the way baby. They do so because Burt’s parents were moving one month before the baby is to arrive and they were the only reason the couple were even living so close to begin with. Away We Go.

There is an array of actors as well as characters. With great acting great characters emerge. Get the right actors to play the quirky characters and you get characters that no longer are being played but actually exist. From one location to the next Burt and Verona find who the parents they want to emulate are, and who they’d rather not raise their daughter within proximity to.

Every single actor that played the couples in those different cities was fantastic. I totally forgot that they were acting and was just amazed that these types of people (characters) actually exist. Writers tend to pull from their own opinions (of course) as well as experiences they’ve had or have heard of, which means there’s some truth to these wacky characters. That makes the comedy become a little sad if one really thinks about it, because these people in these cities are parents and some of them are creating rotten apples that die on the tree instead of fall close by.

John Krasinksi and Maya Rudolph had great chemistry together. They were like a real couple. They were enjoyable. He said things that were strong and abrasive to other people and she made faces and played along with whatever he decided to do or say. They were endearing because they just wanted to do what was best for their child. One of the better lines in the film was when Verona stated that they can only do good by their baby. They can’t control much else. I thought that that was a really great observation for new parents. They can’t control much but they can do their best to provide.

There are a lot of great moments in this film and that is why it’s such a pleasant surprise. There’s the airport scene about how big she is. There’s the meeting the crazed family that has far too much closeness with the child. There’s the commitment issues of Verona that leads to one of the best scenes that deal with agreeing to be with someone (some would state that as a marriage like scene but not….) that I’ve ever seen. Verona and Burt are great together and Burt’s heart is unique because he tries to solve all her problems in unconventional ways and she, in turn, loves him because of those ways and because he accepts her for what she thinks and takes her opinion into high consideration. They work through problems together. Away We Go creates a powerful couple that is rarely seen in movies. They are a couple that sticks together and fights for what they believe to get to a place where they are comfortable to live. The entire film is very clever in script as well as in directing. Locations were awesome, music was great, the cast was top notch and the story was just powerful in a subtle and awesome way.

Away We Go asks where should one reside and what qualities matter in deciding such? The ending, though predictable, was superb. It takes what one most likely already figured out and displays it in beautifully, calmly and in a touching manner. It is a movie that gives relationships a positive spin and shows that problems can be so insurmountable for one person, but for two people (the real “Dynamic Duo”) the problem can not only be overcome but transformed into an experience that’ll be treasured for a lifetime.

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