Although Away We Go is, in many ways, very similar to 101 other movies exploring adults still finding their best place in life, it stays ahead of the pack thanks to the cast and the fun script (by Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida). Krasinski and Rudolph give very strong lead performances, argubaly among their very best, and the comedy and drama is very well balanced throughout.
"Are we a fuck-up?" Anxious 30 somethings expecting their first child in their rural home travel to various contemporary friends and relations to get a sense of themselves and what they want in the absence of their parents; hers are dead and his just decided to move to Antwerp, saying its only "3,000 miles away." Touching and witty by turns, a strong script and players under Mendes assured, unsentimental direction.
the dreary soundtrack slows the narrative pace down in the wrong way - holds it back, really: somewhere between the couple and the soundtrack there is a bland hole. the characters around the central couple have more vigour and life than they themselves: they're a bit flat, wan. I don't think it'll be a film i'll remember too readily.
This warms me up to the bones - seen several times times in delightful company. It's not one to be analysed thoroughly but enjoyed in its charming hopefulness and off-beat humor. The songs, however darling, had me almost conviced at times I was listening to Nick Drake....