Sunday, February 10, 2013

Quality Flight

I watched the movie Flight this weekend; Denzel Washington stars as the heroic pilot who is also a very flawed alcoholic and substance addict.

In the interest of full disclosure, I should mention that Washington is my favorite modern-day actor. I see all of his movies; it's personal policy. He never films garbage, and no matter what role he's playing, good guy or evil monster, he always nails it. In the character of Whip Whitaker, Denzel does not disappoint.

The title of the film suggests the dramatic early scenes, which depict the horrific crash landing of a commercial jet. But the deeper meaning emerges as Whitaker wrestles and runs from his interior demons. Flight has an intelligent script, revealing as the plot unfolds the personal torment, family damage, and social destruction caused by unchecked addiction. The ending is not your typical Hollywood-happy contrivance, but a realistic and satisfying conclusion to a complicated story.

There is so much fluff, gore, and nonsense in today's movies. When a thoughtful story about true-to-life characters with serious problems is so skillfully portrayed, I like to spread the word--see it.