I went to see the Denzel Washington movie, “Flight,” this weekend. And, if I hadn’t just seen “Argo,” I would be proclaiming “Flight” as the best movie I’ve seen in years. But it will have to settle for being the second best movie I’ve seen in years.
Washington probably places himself in Academy Award conversations with his portrayal of a talented but troubled airline pilot. In fact, his scene piloting a commercial aircraft at the beginning of the movie is so realistic that those of you who are afraid to fly might want to skip the first ten minutes or so. The word that comes to mind is gripping. There are some impressive movie making skills portrayed early on.
I won’t bore you with the details, but this film takes several turns throughout and some of the subject matter is so intense that it sometimes is even humorous.
On a side note, I don’t recall ever being at a movie where more people in the audience “talked back” to the screen. Included in that group, but not limited to, was the guy two rows behind me who felt it was his job to add narration for the other 300 people in the theater. And it wasn’t even insightful narration. It was unnecessary narration. For instance, at one point, Washington is unscrewing the cap from a bottle of vodka. It is a very pivotal point in the movie. The theater was dead silent, when Mr. Narrator Guy announced, “He got it open!”
Anyway, it’s a very good movie. It carries an ‘R’ rating most likely due to a ton of alcohol and drug use.
4 out of 5 stars.
Medium popcorn and a large Fruit Punch Gatorade and Sprite Combo.