“Flight” is the newest film from director Robert Zemeckis who has directed blockbusters like “Back to the Future,” “Forrest Gump,” and “Castaway.”
The movie follows an alcoholic airline pilot named Whip Whitaker, played by Denzel Washington, who miraculously saves a flight from crashing despite perilous odds.
As the crash is investigated, it’s revealed that Whip had consumed a substantial amount of alcohol shortly before the flight had taken off (don’t worry, I assure you that this is not a spoiler).
As only he and a select few know this startling fact, Whip must question if it was really a mechanical malfunction that caused 6 deaths, or his drinking and flying.
Prior to seeing “Flight,” I had not seen any marketing, advertising or trailer for the film, so I was completely open-minded walking into the theater.
I am astonished to say that “Flight” is not only one of the year’s best films, but it will definitely be one of the year’s most talked about as well.
The acting in “Flight” is pretty good, but Denzel is really the only one to talk about here.
He delivers one of the most compelling performances of his career, playing a dirty, mean-spirited and cheating alcoholic to a surprisingly likable degree. He is definitely one of the frontrunners for next year’s Academy Awards.
It was difficult at times to watch and I think people who don’t take alcoholism seriously need to see this film.
If you couldn’t tell, I loved this movie.
My only real complaint is that it does slow down considerably around the second act, but it’s excusable because of the terrific acting and fantastic script.
Overall, I give “Flight” a very strong 4.5 out of 5.