Let me begin by saying that I am a big Sam Mendes fan and his name attached is what drew me to this film. Away We Go is with in that same indie-comedy type movie genre that also holds movies like Juno, Eternal Sunshine for the Spotless Mind and more recently (500) Days of Summer, to name a few. Away We Go was a fun movie worthy of my view, but it just didn’t seem like the type of movie Mendes needed to make. It’s obviously just not his genre.
Whereas Mendes was able to succeed with dramatic masterpieces such as American Beauty and Road to Perdition, it just didn’t seem as though he could succeed as gloriously in this genre. Not that masterpieces can’t come out of this genre, quite the contrary because Eternal Sunshine for the Spotless Mind is just that. I’m just implying that Sam Mendes obviously doesn’t prevail as well in this genre. Away We Go was a pretty good movie, don’t get me wrong, it just doesn’t stack up.
Away We Go certainly had its moments and their were many funny parts, but then other parts felt a little forced. The actors were chosen well and they all worked well together, but it just fell flat in its story a couple times. The story is a couple looking for the perfect place to raise their soon to be born child. Yes, a bit hilarity ensues as you would expect it to.
All and all, Away We Go was a decent movie. I’m glad I watched it because it was fun at times, but it was nothing to write home about. I know Sam Mendes has better work under his belt and I’m excited to see what it is.