Saturday, November 3, 2012

#796 family night at the movies - Flight

Tonight the three of us went to see a film that we've been looking forward to for a couple of months, Flight, starring Denzel Washington and directed by Robert Zemekis.

T was the first to identify this movie as one we should see. The trailer was eye-catching and featured one of my favorite songs of all time, Gimme Shelter by the Rolling Stones. Plus, Denzel is usually amazing in his movies and Robert Zemekis is a good director.

The first 30 minutes or so of this movie was intense and horrifying. I sat through most of it with my hands over my mouth and my eyes wide open. The next 100 minutes is so emotional and gripping that it just takes your breath away. You cannot take your eyes off Denzel Washington. His performance is stunning. The film is riveting.

There is one scene in particular that is extremely well done. In it, Denzel's character, Whip, finds a fully - and I mean FULLY - stocked mini-bar in the adjoining hotel room. He looks inside the fridge. He's been sober for eight days. He reaches into the fridge and takes a mini bottle of vodka. He opens it. He looks at the liquid, brings it to his nose and smells it. You can literally see him thinking about drinking the vodka straight from the little bottle and considering the consequences. Just when you think he will drink it, he screws the lid back on the bottle, closes the refrigerator door and puts the bottle on top of the mini-fridge. You hear him walk away. The camera stays on the bottle on top of the fridge. You breathe a sigh of relief and before the sigh is complete, his hand snatches the bottle off the fridge. It is devastating.

Our family agrees that Flight is one of the best movies we have seen this year. The story, the acting, the film itself is fantastic. We think you'll be hearing about this film come Oscar time. It's crazy good.

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