It is time once again for one of my favorite segments! It’s been a little while since I’ve done one of these segments. (You can actually see ALL of the previous ones by clicking HERE).
Sometimes, instead of choosing to go out to watch a movie, you may feel like watching one at home. Only…which one do you watch? Every so often I like to make movie recommendations for you from the movies that I have in my own personal stash through a segment that I love and love to call “From TheScarletSp1der’s shelf to yours…”
Do you like to collect movies? If you do, you know that the value of a worthy movie collection lies not in quantity, but in quality. As I’ve said before, “You may have 500 movies, but if 375 of them are horrible….then your neighbor with 75 classics has a better collection! In my opinion.” Hopefully these segments will help you in your quest for the perfect movie collection. Several great films never get the recognition that they are due. So, I choose to share the ones I know of with you! Here’s another peek into my own personal movie stash. Enjoy!
Synopsis (via IMDB):
A couple who is expecting their first child travel around the U.S. in order to find a perfect place to start their family. Along the way, they have misadventures and find fresh connections with an assortment of relatives and old friends who just might help them discover “home” on their own terms for the first time.
This Focus Feature from 2009 grabbed me initially just from the trailer alone! I remember being excited to see this one and hoping the film itself carried the same feel as the trailer did!
Here’s the trailer:
I am glad to report that the film did not disappoint!
Director Sam Mendes (whose resume includes directing Revolutionary Road, American Beauty, Road to Perdition, and the upcoming James Bond film Skyfall) brings a fantastic story to life that connects with audiences because it is about real life! John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph pull off an amazing performance and present one of the realest and truest type of relationships I have ever seen on film. They make it seem as if they truly are the longtime lovers that they characterize!
This movie takes you with the two main characters as they go away to find a place to call home and build their family. Our travels with them take us to different areas in and out of the country and to many different types of people and living situations. With everyone that the journey leads us to meet up with (from emotionally detached and rather selfish parents, to friends and family members all seeming to try and find something in their lives), Away We Go does nothing short of present real-life situations with real characters, yet makes it so enjoyable with the moments that cause laughter, head-scratching, and heart-warming! (A lot like family and friends actually do!)
Away We Go is perfectly cast. Everyone in the film adds a uniqueness to the story and their character and thus allows the film to very quickly establish a sense of believability and press forward with telling the story and meaning!
While John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph are the main characters and should’ve received more attention for their roles than they did (They truly make the movie what it is!), the rest of the supporting cast were just as perfect in their roles.
The beauty of so many films from Focus Features is the strong character development that is so prevalent in the majority of their movies. (Pitch Black, The Pianist, Lost in Translation, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Brick, Jane Eyre, Hanna, Pride and Prejudice…and the list goes on and on). The blend that Sam Mendes accomplished between character development and enjoyable classic entertainment is highly impressive and was cause for this film to be ushered directly to my shelf the day it released on home video. Not much out of Hollywood portrays real-life in such a true, yet enjoyable way. We all know people like the people in this movie, and the film takes full advantage of that which allows for even greater storytelling!
Rated R for language and some sexual content, Away We Go chronicles a great journey of two young people looking for a place to call home and start a family! Their adventure together is one that introduces them to so much, brings so many small enjoyable moments, gives reason to pause, and ultimately leaves you feeling so good!
An IMDB Must-Mention: “This is first Sam Mendes film where Thomas Newman did not compose the original score. Newman has scored every Mendes film since American Beauty.” And it is one of the other main reasons I love the film! Alexi Murdoch (Garden State, Gone Baby Gone) did the score and it’s perfect for the film!
Thanks for reading! Again, you can click HERE to see the other previous recommendations from TheScarletSp1der’s shelf to yours!
Enjoy if you wish…or don’t enjoy! Happy watching!
–The Sp1der’s Score: I’m not going to rate the movies in the “Shared Shelf” segments….I already own them! That’s gotta tell you something!
Thank you to IMDB for the trivia info!
up next: “Trailer Time Thursday!”