Flight is directed by pioneering director Robert Zemeckis. His past movies have mostly dealt with childish subjects. So this is a bit of a change for the man who brought us the Back to the Future series but with the help of Denzel Washington, Zemeckis manages to make a stellar film that explores the addiction of one man.
William “Whip” Whitaker (Washington) is an airline captain who has a bit of trouble with his drinking. He gets in more trouble when the airliner that he is flying begins to descend. After the events of the crash Whip has to find some seclusion from the public eye and fight for his freedom as his drinking problem comes back to haunt him.
The movie was all around fantastic. It stands out because of its great script and great actors. The movie is basically a sad tale of an alcoholic pilot whose addiction comes to light in the aftermath of a plane crash. It’s a very well written story with sharp and precise dialogue. Washington does an amazing job like always, portraying this sad but great pilot who is in the middle of a spiritual break-down. Kelly Reilly does a great job with what she is given but I felt as her character was more of a distraction from the main plot than anything else. The directing was spot on; it’s been a long time since I have seen a scene as dramatic as the plane crash. Yet there were a few problems.
Right from the opening of the movie you know that Whip is in a chaotic state of mind and as the movie progresses he just like the plane begin to takes a dip. Yet there was something overly preachy about the way the movie came off. I know that Whip had to seek help but it just felt like if everyone was against him instead of helping him. The co-pilots religious beliefs didn’t help as I found myself laughing when his wife repeated praise Jesus, not sure if that was what Zemeckis was looking for as the scene felt as if it should have been a lot somber. There were other smaller things that bugged me like the perfect cell phone video of the crash but nothing to major.
Flight is an amazing film with a lot of heart and passion and can be easily seen as one of the best films of 2012. It has some of the best acting from some of the greatest actors today. Overall I recommend this to anyone who is a fan of Washington and or just likes a good drama, 4 out of 5.