Being a Denzel Washington fan, I haven’t missed an opening of any of his films in years. Yes he’s a leading man and double Oscar winner, but I enjoy his acting most when he plays flawed characters like Alonzo Harris in Training Day.
In his latest film, Flight, Denzel plays Whip Whittaker, a skilled Pilot but flawed man, with personal demons. Director Robert Zemeckis immediately pulls you into the drama the moment the movie opens and red flags start flying in your mind the minute Captain Whittaker boards his aircraft with a 55-minute flight bound for Atlanta.
The aircraft scenes are intense but the story actually begins once the plane lands.
The casting for this movie was great. It was nice to see the re-team of Don Cheadle with Denzel Washington. (Devil in a Blue Dress) Cheadle plays the attorney for the airline, hired to defend Denzel’s character. They way the two act off of each other shows the talent of both actors. Other cast members include Garcelle Beauvais (Jamie Foxx Show), Nadine Velazquez (Hart of Dixie), Tamara Tunie (Law & Order SUV), Kelly Reilly (TV Actress Above Suspicion), Academy Award winner Melissa Leo (The Fighter), and Bruce Greenwood (Young Justice)
Flight has a dark overtone so the casting of John Goodman (Roseanne) who plays Harland Mays, an old hippy and longtime friend of Whip Whittaker provides this movie with the perfect amount of comic relief. In my opinion, John Goodman should receive an academy award for best supporting actor because he steals his scenes in this movie. I’m laughing as I write this.
To John Goodman – I say Bravo, well done!
Denzel Washington nails his performance and provides the perfect perspective when it comes to addictions and how difficult it is to overcome them. Did we just witness another Oscar performance? You be the judge. I highly recommend the movie Flight.
Box office November 2nd through 4th, 2012 – Flight was #2 and took in $25,010,000