By Robbie Jones
For the first time since 2000’s Cast Away, Robert Zemeckis graces the big screen with a live action film, as we take to the skies and back again with Denzel Washington in the character driven, thought provoking Flight.
It appears Denzel Washington is back where he belongs. I for one have always thought he is an incredibly talented actor, an opinion shared by many others, but his career hasn’t always been smooth. Despite achieving 2 Oscars (Glory, 1989 and Training Day, 2001), and a series of great films from the 90s and early 2000s (Malcolm X, Philadelphia, Crimson Tide, Man on Fire), he’s had his fair share of critical duds. Since Training Day, Denzel has been criticized for his involvement in films such as Deja Vu, Safe House and The Book of Eli, not to mention a lot of criticism for Tony Scott’s The Taking of Pelham 123, which I for one have absolutely no problem with and consider it one of his best films. But now, he’s earned his first Oscar nomination in 12 years, finally being recognised by the Academy again for his excellence.
Short answer: No. Long answer: HELL no. Whilst no other scene in the film quite reaches the height of that, it still manages to be tense in much subtler ways, mainly in the decisions that we watch Whip struggle to make.
Coming out of the cinema, my only complaint was that I felt the film was 20 minutes too long. However, after a lot of consideration, I couldn’t think of a single part of that film that could’ve been cut, so now I’ll say my only complaint was the ridiculous underuse of John Goodman. Otherwise, I say Flight is an excellent film with astonishing performances and the most heart pounding film experience of my life. 5 Stars.