Hot on the heels of Revolutionary Road, his movie about the stifling effects of settling down, Sam Mendes has made Away We Go, which appears to be about…. the positive effects of settling down? Make up your mind, Sam! I’m living my life according to you! It’s why I’m a Depression-era hitman these days.
Away We Go, which has taken the ‘We only report on superhero movies’ blog world by surprise (seriously, guys? It was just the Untitled Dave Eggers/Sam Mendes movie all last year), looks kind of like what I would have imagined Richard Linklater would be directing (ie, not The Bad News Bears). It’s shaggy, indie, hipstery and probably heavily influenced by mumblecore.
The trailer is here for you to decide on your own. See: John Krasinski in a beard! See: Maya Rudolph pregnant (spoiler: the baby isn’t miscarried, if I’m judging one trailer shot right. Not that I thought this was that kind of movie anyway). See: Allison Janney, Jim Gaffigan, Catherine O’Hara and Jeff Daniels as bad parents! See: A huge screen credit for Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida, which gets my lit nerd self excited.
Click here to see the trailer. Then discuss what exactly sort of career can Sam Mendes be said to have, especially with Preacher looming. Fucker is more outside the box than I gave him credit for previously.
Behind every great book adaptation is a forgettable first try. — By Ryan Covey