Notice: This article contains a semi-spoiler for the film "Flight!" Read no further if you don't want to know anything about the film, although most of you may have already surmised the following information from the trailers:
Every four or five years, Hollywood spits out another formula movie about an alcoholic--a poor wretch (in denial) who takes down everyone around him or her. These buzz-mangling movies and the actors in them invariably end up blessed with a boatload of celluloid nominations and awards: Ray Milland in "The Lost Weekend," Jack Lemmon in "Days of Wine and Roses," the films "Arthur," "Leaving Las Vegas," "Barfly," "A Star is Born," and on and on.
I'm not a huge fan of movies about alcoholics and druggies. Maybe it's just me, but I think they are always predictable and kind of "meh..."
and Another Thing…
That being said, since I don't read reviews before I see a film, I didn't expect the Alcoholics Anonymous zap I got when I saw the new Denzel Washington movie, "Flight."
Lots of awards are on the horizon for this film, for sure. If not for Denzel himself, then it's a guaranteed nomination at least for John Goodman, who lightens up the drama with every wacky entrance.
"Flight" is one of the best of this genre, with a great premise and lots of action. It only gets to be a yawner when there's the predictable "reach-around" for the bottle or the needle.
It is well worth seeing, even through the babies crying during the quiet scenes and the cell phones lighting up the dark theater, which is, after all, an integral part of the Saturday afternoon "movie experience on Maui."