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I’m a useless movie blogger. I watch the movies but don’t get around to writing about them! The “watching” part is easy. πŸ˜‰ So I’ll at least do a short review for Flight, which I watched a few days ago.

My hubby thinks I have a thing for Denzel Washington because I always seem to want to watch a movie if he’s in it. I really don’t have a thing for him – I just know that you’re guaranteed to get a good solid performance from him every time. He’s a good actor and once again, in Flight, he doesn’t disappoint.

It’s true that Flight is the best thing Robert Zemeckis has done in quite a while. It’s certainly no Back To The Future (what is? hard one to live up to!) but is more along the lines of Cast Away and I’m not sure which one I prefer of the two. I think Cast Away will probably be the one more people would remember ten years after seeing it. This is how I often judge a movie – would I remember much about it ten years after seeing it if I didn’t watch it again in that time? I think too many movies don’t pass this test.

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Flight, as I think everyone knows by now, follows a pilot’s continuing struggle with drugs & alcohol after he becomes a hero for miraculously landing a plane that falls apart, even though he had been drinking & doing cocaine before getting on the plane. So, it’s obviously a serious subject matter & Denzel does a great job (like I said – as to be expected from him!). Also thought the main actress, Kelly Reilly, did a good job as an addict he meets while he’s in the hospital after the crash. I did also enjoy John Goodman as Denzel’s drug dealer – he provides some comic relief in a movie that is otherwise quite serious. I know a few people didn’t like the bits with John Goodman and I can see how his character could maybe throw you out of the movie a little bit but I didn’t mind him.The main thing that annoyed me about him was that he kept listening to The Rolling Stones. I’m a Beatles girl! It felt like a Scorsese movie with all the Rolling Stones & classic 70’s rock. πŸ˜‰ The music choices in this movie seemed too obvious & unoriginal. Good classic rock, yes, but certainly no surprises!

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So, overall, Flight is a good movie with some good performances, especially Denzel’s. I’d recommend it to anyone BUT I don’t exactly think it’s going to change the world or anything. It’s a bit deeper & more serious than most blockbusters these days but I’d say it’s still what I like to call a “popcorn movie” – fairly simple, light entertainment. But a little more grown-up than some…

My Rating: 7/10

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5 thoughts on “Flight

  1. Spot on – the film isn’t going to reinvent the wheel or anything but it’s still very watchable and Denzel is brilliant. I’m one of those who doesn’t like John Goodman in this though, he just feels so out of place as if he’s in the wrong film.

    • I can see why people would feel that way about the John Goodman character. I’m more upset that I’ll now picture Sulley as a drug dealer the next time I see Monsters Inc. πŸ™‚

  2. Great movie – nice review! I had no problem with Goodman in this. He almost stole the movie – almost. πŸ™‚

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