. . . Monday May 4, 2009

Away We Go: Great New Movie

Last week I got to see an advanced preview of a new movie written by Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida and directed by Sam Mendes. It’s called Away We Go

It is a fantastic movie. It’s one of the best comedies I’ve seen in a long time and maybe the best romantic comedy I’ve ever seen. Who would expect less from two incredible writers and one of Hollywood’s hottest directors. Think the sensibility of Squid and the Whale applied to a romantic comedy slash road movie. And it works.

Here are a few predictions related to the movie.

It will sweep the Independent Spirit Awards next year. Eggers and Vida will win best screenplay. It will launch John Krasinski (of The Office fame) into another level in terms of the quality of movies he’s offered. You’ll never look at Maya Rudolph the same. And you will be hearing all about an amazing singer/guitarist named Alexi Murdoch (who was recommended to Mendes by Krasinski).

Concentration is important!