Estimated Time of Survival
Flight is two things –
1) an incredible, in-tense thrill ride of endless anxiety, while we watch a plane take off in bad weather, and then wait and wait for this plane to inevitably crash, and guess what, crash it does! Think this took up about a third of the movie, and was hactually more powerful bad plane stuff than all of United 93
2) a cautionary tale of alcoholism & lies, that takes up the rest of the movie. Have you ever seen a movie about alcoholism & lies??? What about one with a crazy plane crash!?!??!
Denzel Washington is amazing in all parts, but it’s not much fun watching him relapse into a pathetic stupor, again & again, and then rooting for his flawed-self to succeed in a court case, where he really shouldn’t succeed, but don’t worry kids, it ends like it logically should, but well, whatever
Kinda wish this movie was juss a movie where Denzel pilots 392939 planes that are about to crash, but they don’t cause he’s Denzel, and even if he’s drunk and coked-up Denzel, he can do it, cause he’s Denzel!!!! DENZEL SUPERHERO > Denzel super-zero!
Robert Zemeckis‘ Flight is basically Smashed, but with a much larger budget & cast (Bruce Greenwood! John Goodman! Don Cheadle!), and instead of a fake pregnancy plaguing our protagonist’s drinking life, it’s faking being a sober pilot. Both films are dang good, but we’d actually recommend Smashed over Flight, even if Smashed has zero mammoth plane crashes!!
oh, and whoever compiled the soundtrack should be shot
oh, and the next filmmaker who puts ‘Gimmie Shelter’ in their movie will get shot
Verdictgo: Jeepers Worth A Peepers
Flight is lifting off at a theater near jews
and until next thyme the balcony is clothed…