Kicking off the year’s film watching with Flight

100 movies of 2013

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)

Check out all of the films I’ve seen this year:

120+ movies: Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

120+ Movies of 2011, Annual Movie Challenge

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of ShadowsSherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (19/12/11)

Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Dr. Watson join forces to outwit and bring down their fiercest adversary, Professor Moriarty.

I really kinda loved this film. It was funny, I loved the set pieces and the banter’s as good, if not better, than the first film. Sure there’s been a lot of bemoaning of Guy Ritchie’s style when it comes to the action sequences. I for one like the style. Fine, it might have been a little over used in this film, but never at one point during one of those moments did I think ‘meh’.

Love the bromance between Holmes and Watson. I think Watson’s the first role that Jude Law’s played that I actually like. He was great back in Gattaca, but he wasn’t exactly all that likeable. Robert Downey Jr.’s excellent as Holmes with his impeccable accent.

While I loved Jared Harris’ Moriarty, he made for a match-for-match villain for Holmes, I thought the plot felt like it was missing something. Compared to the first film. At times I had to keep reminding myself what exactly our heroes were meant to be doing.

Aside from that irk, great film, lots of fun with some points where I actually laughed out loud. I’ll happily welcome a third outing for this film franchise.
Rating: 4/5

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