Alrighty then, here we go with a film I should have seen and reviewed around 2 weeks ago, today I’m gonna review Flight, the latest film from Robert Zemeckis starring Denzel Washington. Now I knew from the time I saw the trailers for this film last year that it would be something I’d HAVE TO WATCH. But for some reason after its UK release it took me ages to find a free day to watch it (I feel terrible about it). But anyway I finally got around to seeing it on Tuesday just gone and I have to say I REALLY liked Flight and I’m gonna tell you why in this review! 😀
So the story of Flight involves William “Whip” Whitaker, an airline pilot who flies a plane under extremely difficult and dangerous circumstances and saves the flight from crashing. However, after the incident an investigation is held to see what the cause of the crash was and while we find out that there was some malfunctions with the plane’s equipment, there are people wondering where Whip was drunk on the day of the flight. And then what follows is a dramatic and extensive investigation which tests Whip to the highest degrees imaginable. This film has a lot emotion and tension (especially in the scenes on the plane!) and everything plays out in a very captivating and interesting manner. As the investigation unfolds it is interesting to see how Whip deals with each situation and see who comes to his aid or how the media continue to speculate about his well-being during the flight. The story in this film is very good, but also very painful (in a good way) and I was surprised the way the film ended up, it could have easily taken the simple cliché way out but it really did come to a close in a very nice way.
If I were to say one thing that sort troubled me about the story, it would have to be the inclusion of Nicole Maggen. Now if you’ve seen the trailers she doesn’t really show up at all, but she’s pretty critical to the film and while I did end up enjoying her character and seeing what she contributed to the film, at the same time I kind of wish this film was more just about Whip on his own. This is just a minor nitpick though.
When it comes to the cast of Flight everyone here is in top form. Firstly Denzel Washington as Whip Whitaker was amazing and really nailed the role as this alcoholic who really had issues that he just didn’t want to come to terms with. Whip’s battle with alcohol is truly what moves this film and you’re supporting him every step of the way even when he’s not always in the right, you want to see him succeed and Washington careers the role so well and gives one his best performances to date! Then there’s Kelly Reilly as Nicole Maggen, I thought she was very good as this woman who had a former life, but has now resorted to drugs. Reilly’s performance was very good and convincing and I liked how her and Whip found each other and formed a bond. Now I heard from a few reviewers that her character wasn’t overly necessary to the plot and should have been eliminated altogether and while I can see where some of these critics are coming from I have to argue that her character was relevant to the story.
Also Don Cheadle as Hugh Lang was pretty good as the lawyer hired to sort out Whip’s guess and try to prevent him from going to jail. And Bruce Greenwood as Charlie Anderson was lovely as Whip’s old friend who works with the pilot union. I thought both Cheadle and Greenwood were very good here and brought a lot of flair and realism to their characters. And then there was John Goodman as Harling Mays. Man, John Goodman was kick ass in this film. He played this guy who was a friend of Whip’s and came to his aid in moments crisis, and the way that he acted and carried himself was just amazing and hilarious and Goodman was totally on-form with his character. And there were also other great performances from Melissa Leo, Tamara Tunie, Nadine Velazquez and Brian Geraghty.
As for the presentation, visually it was great. The plane scenes were done very well and realistically and I love how much tension you and fear you felt for everyone on-board when all of that chaos was doing down. When it comes to the soundtrack, the use of music tracks in the film was very done and well-placed. Everything from The Rolling Stones to Joe Cocker was great, but some of my favourite songs used included, “With A Little Help From My Friends” by The Beatles, “What’s Going On” by Marvin Gaye and “Ain’t No Sunshine” by Bill Withers to name a few. But my favourite use of a song in the film was “Under The Bridge” by Red Hot Chili Peppers, now I won’t mention what scene it’s used in but if you know the Chili Peppers and the history behind that classic song then the relevance and placement of the song in the film has so much more significance, and thought the scene was great. Also the soundtrack by Alan Silvestri was very nice, subtle and emotional; I am really starting to like his sound as a film composer.
In conclusion Flight was a fantastic film which met and kind of exceeded my expectations. I have to say that I am ashamed that it’s taken me so long to see this film, but anyway, it was some awesome and dramatic stuff in the story and character departments, and my man Denzel Washington knocks it out of the park again! 🙂
Rating: 8.5/10 (I highly recommend!)
So that’s my review on Flight, now I want to hear from you. What did you think of the film? Did you love it or hate it? whatever your thoughts drop me a comment yo! Until the next review laters! 😀