Away We Go is based around characters Verona De Tessant (Maya Rudolph) and Burt Farlander (John Krasinski).Both are in their early 30s and expecting their first child. While visiting Burt's parents Gloria and Jerry (Catherine O'Hara and Jeff Daniels) Gloria breaks the news that they are moving to Belgium for 2 years and will miss the birth of their first grandchild. Outraged by their selfishness, Verona and Burt decide to find a new city to raise their child.
They set out to travel across the U.S, reconnecting with old friends and family, hoping to find the perfect home for their child. Throughout their journey they visit several towns throughout the US, which they have fond and not so fond memories of. Away We Go is best described as a drama, with some occasional dark humour thrown in for good measure.
Away We Go isn't the type of film that will grab you in from the beginning. It starts off rather slow and the pace of the movie stays the same throughout. The story is likeable, but not memorable. This means that the film can be quite difficult to continue to be engaged in, as throughout the whole film, not a whole lot is achieved and the film ends rather abruptly.
Away We Go on Blu-Ray supports BD-Live, so you can login and view a Coraline trailer, as well as the trailer for Away We Go. The disc also includes a few other special features. Both of these are in HD which is great, however it's disappointing that there wasn't more included, or that the green filmmaking featurette wasn't expanded upon. As the film supports BD-Live you can bookmark specific scenes to come back to. Anyway this is what you can expect on this disc...
The Making of Away We Go (16:13/HD): This making of focuses on the beginning of the film right through to post production and features interviews with Sam Mendes, John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph.
Green Filmmaking (6:38/HD): This featurette looks at how the film actually recycles some of the things from the movie, the executive producer and director of photography speak about how they ensured that Away We Go was a 'green friendly' film. While the featurette is decent, it's disappointing that it's only a very small snapshot of what the producers did to ensure they were carbon neutral.
Audio Commentary with director Sam Mendes and Writers Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida: This is a fairly decent audio commentary with the directors and writers of Away We Go especially as you get an opportunity to hear about some of the choices make by the director, Sam Mendes.
Review By: Dave Warner