Sam Mendes takes the indie road.
Away We Go is a film about a young couple who are expecting their first child. After learning that the child's paternal grand parents are moving away, the couple decides they have no reason to remain in their rural town, and begin visiting family and friends across the United States and Canada to try to find the perfect place to raise their soon-to-be family. Along the way they learn vicariously through other couples what they should and shouldn't do once they become parents.
Director Sam Mendes seems to always make films about the basics of the human relationships, just look at his other films like American Beauty and Revolutionary Road, but instead he takes a fresh and humorous take on relationships.
The one really great thing about this film is that it was really nice to see the couple already in love, and how they actually do understand each other, and really can communicate with one another. They take on their lives together as a team and you see how they comfort one another when things are looking their worst.
The film is more sweet than it is actually funny. The writing team consist of real life husband-and-wife team Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida, and you can tell these are how real couples talk and react to one another after knowing each other for so very long.
The only problem I had with this film is that it starts to get a little to indie for me. The soundtrack that consist of indie folk starts to get a little over-played as each song almost sounds the same, and the usual scruffy looking people staring into space. Also it seems to pose too much as a low-budget film, when really it wasn't low budget and made for 21 million dollars. Also the quirky humor mixed in with a very melodramatic and convenient ending just seem to make this film a little bit too over indie.
The thing that really makes this film is it's performances from the two leads. When you have a road film about a couple you really do need 2 strong performances from the leading stars and in this you get it. Maya Rudolph really does step up from her stints on SNL, and shows the depth she can have within a character in a drama. I was a little hesitant with John Krasinski because I thought he was going to be too much like Jim, from The Office, but he really does a great job and adds a lot of good humor to the film. Many of the side characters are all great in this film, and to point out one would be unfair cause each do great with their respectable parts.
Consensus: Though it get's a little too indie, Away We Go is brutally honest, well-acted, and actually pretty funny, but overall shows a wonderful portrait of the real blessings and sometimes the real tragedies of parenthood.