The Mixed Tape


Away We Go. by Nolan Wilson Goff

Away We Go is a mature, adult version of Juno, featuring the talents of John Krasinki and Maya Rudolph. The latest from Sam Mendes is a lighthearted look at the fears of parenthood and a glimpse into post-modern love. Away We Go has received mixed reviews from movie goers and critics alike.

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Rudolph’s character insists that she never wants to marry Krasinki, although they love one another. This being a result of her parent’s divorce during her childhood. With a baby on the way, Krasinki and Rudolph set out on a adventure that takes them throughout America, and even Canada, as they seek to find a place to raise their child. Along the way they witness different parenting styles, some good, some bad (particularly Maggie Gyllenhaal’s hilarious take on New Age parenting).

Reasons I love this film:

1. Mendes’ Direction: The film is beautifuly paced my Mendes, and much more lighthearted then his previous efforts (Revolutionary Road, American Beauty). I could really tell Mendes was trying to get the depressing taste out of his mouth, after spending time bringing Revolutionary Road to life.

2. The screenplay: Features sharp, witty dialogue throughout.

3. Burt and Verona: Krasinki and Rudolph create lifelike, tangible characters that are rarely seen on screen: they are real people, struggling through real life situations, during a real life relationship. Too often cinema glamorizes characters and makes them something they are not. This film is based in reality.

4. The score: the folk inspired score by Alexi Murdoch, is quite possibly my favorite aspect of this film. It is powerful, but also subtle enough not to overwhelm the pace of the story. During the traveling montages, Murdoch’s voice and strings transforms this film into an realistic adventure.

Mendes continues to prove that he is a master of creating lifelike interactions between couples. With American Beauty and Revolutionary Road, he recognized that not everything is what it seems, and in Away We Go, the relationship between young lovers. Mendes is at the top of this sub-genre. He truly recognizes human condition.

Roger Ebert called the film ” a film for nice people”. I would say its more for people in search of a realistic portrayal of 21st century relationships.

(3 out of 4 stars)

-Nolan Wilson Goff-