Dave Eggers (and his novel writing missus, Vendela Vida) jumps into writing with Away We Go, and a change for director Sam Mendes, whose previous work have been made to run like a tight ship. This film is different as the film is left to breathe and its characters given the room they need.
Burt (John Krasinski) and Verona (Maya Rudolph) are two people in love who are expecting their first kid. When Burt’s parents (Catherine O’Hara and Jeff Daniels) decided to move to Antwerp before the birth, Burt and Verona decide on a road trip to visit friends and family, and to find home.
Away We Go looks and feels like your comfortable slippers. It’s just that the long road trip felt a little pointless in parts. I bet if they had stayed home they would have learned just as much.
But the people they meet on the trip are fantastic, especially the hippie couple (Maggie Gyllenhaal and Josh Hamilton).
If you’re a Sam Mendes fan, I would rent this.
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