100 movies of 2013

Kicking off the year’s film watching with Flight

Flight - starring Denzel Washington, directed by Robert Zemeckis

An airline pilot saves a flight from crashing, but an investigation into the malfunctions reveals something troubling.

The first day of the first month of 2013 and I’m getting started with my film challenge for the year – watch at least 100 new-to-me films within the year. And the first film? Flight. Starring Denzel Washington and directed by Robert Zemeckis, who hasn’t done a live action film since Castaway.

I admit it. I have a soft spot for Denzel Washington. I wouldn’t go so far as to say I don’t think he can do no wrong, but he can almost do no wrong. Even with last year’s Safe House, while the film wasn’t the strongest, his performance was the best part of the film.

Flight is a much stronger film. It’s does have its flaws, but Flight is an engaging and thoughtful film. If a little repetitive at times. Watching the self-destructive Whip Whitaker drown himself in booze and drugs is depressing. Here’s a guy who’s a straight up hero, clearly has a drinking problem and yet can’t admit to himself that he needs help. And yet, it was how Whip’s addiction was written was one of the weakest aspects of the film. Drilled home time and time again. I get it. He’s an alcoholic. He’s a jerk. Let’s move on!

Despite this weakness in Flight, I enjoyed watching. It’s probably not the best film depicting addiction (The Basketball Diaries holds that mantle for me). But from the beginning watching the disaster of the doomed flight unfold to the ever excellent comic timing of John Goodman, it’s hard to keep your attention off the film. The final conclusion is sign posted a good mile before the end. But, by then it doesn’t matter. Denzel’s performance sells this film for me.

Flight (Viewed: 01/01/13 | Rating: 4/5)

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  1. Flight (Viewed: 01/01/13 | Rating: 4/5)
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  • http://fogsmoviereviews.com Fogs

    Heh. So used to seeing this huge list of “Films So Far…” Seeing just 1 is strange. 😀

    I agree with your assessment and I’m also a fan of Basketball Diaries as an addiction movie. LOL 😀

    • http://time-wellspent.com Jaina

      I know – I was debating on how to word that, but eh… it’ll get built up soon enough 😉

      The Basketball Diaries is rough. So rough.

  • http://www.jenkakio.com Jen

    I agree with your “soft spot” for Washington. I’ve always said that there are a handful of actors that I don’t even know what the movie is about, I’m watching it anyways. Denzel is one of those actors.

    OHMY Basketball Diaries messed me up. Very powerful movie. Leo DiCaprio is such a good actor.

    • http://time-wellspent.com Jaina

      Totally with you on Denzel and his films. Fair enough, there have been some duffs, but there’s still something to enjoy out of even Deja Vu.

      Leo was so young in Basketball Diaries – his performance totally blew me away. Of course, the only reason I saw that film was because I might have been slightly obsessed with him post-Titanic and was searching out his other films.

  • http://eclecticbooksandmovies.blogspot.com Steph

    I’m looking forward to this movie, despite its flaws. I agree that Denzel Washington is a fine actor. I really like John Goodman too.

    • http://time-wellspent.com Jaina

      John Goodman just adds that little bit extra to whatever he’s in. Fantastic actor.

  • http://flixchatter.net ruth

    Nice to start w/ Denzel in the new year! I might check out this one when it’s out on rental, I’ve been hearing some weaknesses about this film but I reckon Denzel’s performance would still make it worthwhile.

    • http://time-wellspent.com Jaina

      It’s good for the small screen. I might have got a bit fidgety if I saw it in the cinema.

  • http://www.myfilmviews.com Nostra

    I saw this and was a bit disappointed by it, although Denzel gives a great performance (as always)

    • http://time-wellspent.com Jaina

      I think the trailers and marketing was a bit misleading on this one. They didn’t quite match up in my eyes.

  • http://cinematiccorner.blogspot.com/ sati

    Glad you enjoyed it! I agree about Goodman, he was so funny. Loved all of his scenes in the movie, especially the one in the hotel – that whole sequence was surreal 😛

    • http://time-wellspent.com Jaina

      VERY surreal. But hilarious. The film needed moments like that.

  • http://awesomelyshitty.wordpress.com/ BrikHaus

    Custom banner with the score and the film number, huh? Jaina, you are getting awfully fancy!

    • http://time-wellspent.com Jaina

      I know… let’s see how long it lasts! 😉

  • http://morganrlewis.wordpress.com Morgan R. Lewis

    Nice review, Jaina. I like the banner heading.

    • http://time-wellspent.com Jaina

      Cheers Morgan!

  • http://3guys1movie.com Griff

    Hey Jaina nice write up. I haven’t seen this one yet but I agree with you about Denzel even if the movie is terrible you can count on a good performance! I enjoyed Basketball Diaries but I have always though DiCaprio was out of place in that movie. Have you ever seen Requiem for Dream? Now that is a tough movie dealing with drugs…

    • http://time-wellspent.com Jaina

      Not seen Requiem yet. It’s on my to-do list of films. But it sounds like the film I need to be in the mood for, rather than just flicking it on, on the off chance I fancy watching a film.

      Really enjoyed Leo’s performance in Basketball Diaries – thought it was one of his strongest films.

  • http://www.frontroomcinema.com Scott Lawlor

    Here we go again huh Jaina?

    Happy New Year!! FRC is back matey, we are out of depression and feeling sorry for ourselves and here to build the site again!!

    Hope you are well.

    • http://time-wellspent.com Jaina

      Yep, very much so, Scott! Here’s hoping this year I hit that goal.

      Great to see FRC back. Sorry to hear things weren’t so great for you though :( Picking yourself up and getting FRC back sounds like the best thing to do :)

  • http://twscritic.com/ Eric

    Flight is a great way to start the new year! I agree that it isn’t one of the best addiction movies ever made, but it’s still quite good. Could have done without some of the too-obvious music selections though.

    Also, nice job on the top banner! Is that going to be a regular occurrence?

    • http://time-wellspent.com Jaina

      Yeah, those bugged me a bit too thinking about it!

      And yep, hoping to put a bit more effort into things on this blog this year :)

  • http://expandng.com lisacng @ expandng.com

    Woo hoo film #1. I’ve heard mixed reviews on this. Denzel isn’t enough to sell me on it and now considering your review, I prolly won’t see it even though you have it a 4.

    • http://time-wellspent.com Jaina

      At one point it was sort of a must-see for me. It’s a decent film, just don’t think there’s a massive rush to catch this one.

  • http://www.ilovethatfilm.blogspot.com Pete

    I just saw this yesterday! Yeah Basketball Diaries and Requiem for a Dream kick the hell out of it but Goodman made it for me. That scene with the cocaine pick me up in the morning was hilarious but also kinda undermined the rest of the film!

    • http://time-wellspent.com Jaina

      Yeah. Talk about mixed messages!

  • http://niels85.wordpress.com niels

    This I haven’t seen yet, though I plan to.
    I also have a weak spot for Denzel Washington even when most of the performances he’s delivered in recent years are nearly indistinguishable from each other.
    The highlight of his career still is Training Day but, who knows, maybe this film will take that mantle for me.

    • http://time-wellspent.com Jaina

      I’ve had Training Day on DVD for years and still yet to watch it! Going to make sure I get around to it this year.

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  • http://thefocusedfilmographer.com The Focused Filmographer

    I gave it the same score, Jaina. Fair review. Denzel was good and it was hard to both despise him and cheer him on. so conflicting. liked it.

    not so big a fan of John Goodman in this one, but, whatevs.

    Love the new banner

    • http://time-wellspent.com Jaina

      Not a fan of Goodman here? Interesting! I think without him, the film would have been a much more pedestrian affair. He gave it a bit of life.

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