Flight

Flight Denzel Washington, with Don Cheadle, Melissa Leo, Bruce Greenwood, Kelly Reilly, John Goodman

Flight: an alcoholic / coke-addict pilot saves almost everyone on board from certain death, but he can’t avoid the spotlight as the air crash investigation picks up on his habits. This is a great all-round movie: funny when it had to be (Goodman / cancer guy), dramatic at times (relationship / hearing) and for the most part, engaging and entertaining. The crash itself is one of the most intense and dramatic scenes I’ve seen in a cinema; slowly getting louder and shakier and an increasingly high-pitched whaling from the plane; it was like a screw turning tighter and tighter. The only time it felt a bit off were several overly-emphasised parts about religion & faith – act of god, miracles, praying – although I guess it’s more prevalent in America. There were a few nice little in-jokes that almost passed me by: the ShamWow tv advert, the elevator music version of ‘I’ll get high with a little help from my friends’, and most songs in the soundtrack were about boozing or drug abuse. The cast were stupendously good performances all round, Denzel in particular was on fire – achieving an almost impossible mix of sympathy and resentability – and Kelly Reilly (also great) must have had a cleavage-based contract – loved it. All in all, Flight is an entertaining, enjoyable, and very watchable movie with entertaining performances all round.

Score: 8/10

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3 comments
  1. Yeah, I’ve got to see this. Thanks, Paul.

    p.s., you got my email message I sent, yes?

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    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      About to check my e-mail – will reply tonight. Cheers.

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  2. I realize I’m in the minority, but I hated this movie. It seemed like an excuse to say “hate this guy!” and, at the same time, tell a redemptive story. Which didn’t make me care, at all. Also, an incredibly cheesy ending. I think the only two points I would be a bit more sympathetic toward would be Denzel Washington’s performance and the opening scenes (which made me slightly nauseous, all right…).

    Anyway, I’ve seen enough rave for the film to wholeheartedly respect any positive review. Very succinct writeup.

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