Film: ‘Away We Go’

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This is the story of a thirty-something couple played by John Krasinski of ‘The Office’ (as Burt) and ‘Saturday Night Live’ regular Maya Rudolph (Verona) who suddenly discover that they’re pregnant. When Burt’s eccentric parents (Jeff Daniels and Catherine O’Hara) announce they’re moving to Belgium, Burt and Verona realise they have nothing to tie them to where they live anymore, so they hit the road in search of a place to raise their child. They plan to visit friends along the way and hopefully come to grips with impending parenthood. Written by real-life couple Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida, ‘Away We Go’ has surprising depth. The script is sharp and emotional and has plenty to say about togetherness and the pursuit of happiness and parenthood. The film marks a nice change of pace for Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes, best known for making big, beautiful epic films like ‘American Beauty’ and ‘Road To Perdition’. ‘Away We Go’ is small and tender and much more poignant than anything he’s ever attempted before. He handles it well and proves that he’s a deft hand when it comes to comedy. The film also stars Maggie Gyllenhaal but the real find here is Rudolph.