Should You Watch the Film "Away We Go"?
"Away We Go" Movie Poster
Quote from "Away We Go" Movie Review
"This may be on my list of top ten favorite movies of all time. "Away We Go" is lovable, snarky, witty, awkward, and heartwarming. Every scene I felt something. Whether it was laughter or a little bit of sadness. This film stole my heart with it."
"Away We Go" Rating
"Away We Go" Movie Review
This may be on my list of top ten favorite movies of all time. It's just that good. "Away We Go" is lovable, snarky, witty, awkward, and heartwarming. Every scene I felt something. Whether it was laughter or a little bit of sadness. This film stole my heart.
The cast is simply amazing. Maya Rudolph and John Krasinski are among my favorite comediennes and here in this movie as a couple they really shine. I honestly really felt that they were a couple from their acting. You know that couple that just can live and breath around each other so easily that they can pass the many hours of the day around each other without ever once saying 'why are we together all the time?' because they know they just fit each other like a pair of old socks. Worn in socks, perhaps with a hole in one sock's sole, but nevertheless better together than apart. I loved their characters- Verona and Burt.
The story of "Away We Go" is about a couple of thirty something year olds that unexpectedly find out that they're going to have a baby. It takes them by surprise and they realize they need to find a good place to raise their baby. Verona feels like they're screw ups and Burt maintains that they aren't and that they just need to find the right place for all of them. They go on a cross country journey search to where their family and friends live, as they want to live near people they know. Most of their friends and family are crazy or bad with kids or just plain bizarre to Verona and Burt. I think in some ways beyond the physical journey they go on there is also a sense of an emotional journey they're going on as well. With each of their friends and family they come across you see them mentally thinking: We aren't going to be like them! One family also makes them seem to realize how special it is that they were able to have a baby even if it wasn't intentional. The viewer learns more about them, especially Verona- as they journey. I feel that with Verona you become more and more aware that she's carrying another life as the movie goes along too as she seems to act a little differently towards the end of the movie versus the beginning. At the beginning she was much more unsure about her abilities to be a parent and towards the end you can see that she's much more confident about it and confident in Burt.
Spoilers in the paragraph below! Skip if you have not seen the movie!
I think the journey was a very important one for Burt and Verona as the viewer learns that Verona's parents died when she was young and she doesn't seem to have moved on from it. Burt's parents aren't dead, yet they leave and move to Belgium before the baby is born. Both Verona and Burt are metaphorically lost without their familial bonds around to ask questions about child raising or to look to them as an example. Burt and Verona are adults, yet you can see they're afraid of this big step of having a baby in some ways especially without their parents close to talk to and to share this moment of their lives with them. Verona seems to be particularly torn up about not having her parents around for this moment. She repeatedly tells Burt she won't marry him because she would only get married if her parents were around and they're not, and it seemed like she felt the same way about having a baby. That she didn't want to have a baby without them around, like she wasn't sure if she should be confident and happy about it without her parents there to see their grandchild. While they journey you can see that Verona emotionally grows and matures so much and by the end it feels like she has also accepted her parents death more and is ready for her new life with her baby and with Burt.
This movie is worth watching for sure. Even if you aren't into comedy/dramas, give it a try at least one night when you're trying to relax before going to sleep. The humor is genuine and snarky- the kind that makes you snort a bit- and yet there's also laugh out loud and out of control humor too. If you like Sam Mendes's other movies such as "American Beauty" you'll be able to appreciate "Away We Go". It's different than "American Beauty" but it has some of that snark and attitude and the emotional journey thing going on in it too. It's most like "American Beauty" in that it has plenty of heart, sensitivity, and sadness mixed in with funny perspectives on life and the many funny and different people that live in the world. I'd also say it's comparable to "Little Miss Sunshine" with the physical and emotional journey story line. If you're a woman about to have a baby or a man with a woman about to have a baby I highly recommend watching this while your baby is in utero. You will be able to relate to the story so much and it's great for cheering you up and making you laugh if you're having some emotional lows during your pregnancy!
Burt (John Krasinski) and Verona (Maya Rudolph) in "Away We Go"
Quote from "Away We Go"
"Burt: Do you promise to let our daughter be fat or skinny or any weight at all? Because we want her to be happy, no matter what. Being obsessed with weight is just too cliché for our daughter.
Verona: Yes, I do. Do you promise, when she talks, you'll listen? Like, really listen, especially when she's scared? And that her fights will be your fights?
Burt: I do. And do you promise that if I die some embarrassing and boring death that you're gonna tell our daughter that her father was killed by Russian soldiers in this intense hand-to-hand combat in an attempt to save the lives of 850 Chechnyan orphans?
Verona: I do. Chechnyan orphans. I do. I do."