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Away We Go

Updated on April 13, 2011

Home is where the heart is

Throughout the year films like "Transformers:  Revenge of the Fallen", "X-Men Origins:  Wolverine", "Twilight Saga:  New Moon", and "2012" have gotten all the attention from movie goers.  However, "Away We Go" is probably one the best films that most movie goers didn't see.  The film focuses on a young couple that is expecting to have their first child soon, so they decide to travel all over the U.S. and Canada, to find the perfect place to start a family.  Along their series of misadventures, they make fresh connections with friends and relatives that might help them discover "home" on their own terms, for the first time.  Like all of Sam Mendes movies, this story plays true to the nature of life as the protagonists are unsure where they want to go in life, yet they know...or at least think they know what they could want.  However, along their journey discovering that what inner peace they desired rested within themselves.  Discovering that home is where the heart is.  Featuring a solid cast in John Krasinski (Burt Farlander), Maya Rudolph (Verona De Tessant), Catherine O'Hara (Gloria Farlander), Jeff Daniels (Jerry Farlander), Maggie Gyllenhaal (LN), and many others.  "Away We Go" is definitely one of the most under rated films of the year. 

Sam Mendes does a great job orchestrating the story, as his film takes the audience on a journey of self recollection and life itself.  Having our protagonists wandering around in search of a new home to start their new family life, as they seek advice from their family and friends.  Some good advice and some bad but in the end, they discover that "home" is what you make of it.  Like all of his previous works, the protagonists' journey is never certain for the audience to follow, but easy to relate to around the ending. 

All the actors did a good job in their perspective roles, as each performance added to the quality of the movie. 

Sadly, there are a few plot holes in the film that never get explained like what exactly happened with Verona's family.  The film tends to make various references to it as part of her worries about starting a new family, which seems kind of funny as Sam and his writers never bother to fully explain that part of the story.  Unfortunately, leaving a few unanswered questions. 

"Away We Go" may not have gotten a lot of hype this year, but it should have.  Sure, it may not have the flair that "2012" or "Twilight Saga:  New Moon" had, but it definitely has substantially more substance.  "Away We Go" is one of the best films most movie goers missed out on earlier this year.


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