Movie Renter's Guide - October, 2009


"Away We Go" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Chris Heinonen


Burt (Jim Krasinski) and Verona (Maya Rudolph) find themselves expecting their first child, and not tied down or attached to where they currently live.  They set out across the country to visit friends and family and find the perfect place to raise their family.  Written by Dave Eggers and directed by Sam Mendes, Away We Go has an impressive cast in-front and behind the camera.


  • Focus Features
  • 2009, Color, Rated R, 1 Hr 38 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: AVC
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring: John Krasinski, Maya Rudolph, Jeff Daniels, Allison Janney, Maggie Gyllenhaal
  • Directed by Sam Mendes
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  • Violence: None
  • Sex: Sexual References
  • Language: Mild


Since I have enjoyed Dave Eggers' novels, as well as previous films from Sam Mendes, I was really looking forward to this film and saw it in theaters as soon as it came out.  The film is enjoyable, and features some very funny, and touching, scenes, but on further reflection certain things don't really make as much sense logically.  However, these little things didn't bother me while I watched the movie, and I enjoyed it quite a bit.  The lead actors do a good job, and some of the supporting actors are fantastic in their roles, and a good soundtrack helps to round out a very enjoyable movie.


At times, the picture seems a bit soft, but other times the picture is really quite sharp, so I believe these issues are more likely due to flaws in the actual print than in the transfer.  It's just missing that little bit of extra details that the best Blu-ray discs have, but it's a very nice picture most of the time.  The soundtrack is mostly centered around the front three channels, with occasional use of surrounds when it's necessary.  Dialog is very clear, and when the soundtrack comes on the music is very nice and detailed.


There is a full length audio commentary with the director and both writers which I listened to and enjoyed for the most part.  There are also a couple of featurettes on the disc, as well as some additional BD Live features that you can access with a Profile 2.0 player.