Sunday, October 14, 2012
New York Film Festival: Flight
Along the way, Kelly Reilly as a down-on-her-luck substance abuser enters Whip's crowded orbit. Already there are John Goodman as Whip's whimsical rock-androll dealer, Don Cheadle as his defense lawyer, and Bruce Greenwood as Whip's best friend and fellow pilot.
The screenplay by John Gatins is excellent when it comes to going places we least expect. This was a script that took the writer twelve years to complete, and after such a long gestation process it is surprising that it has turned out so good.
The entire film revolves around Denzel Washington's character, and the actor gives a truly superb performance, one that I suspect has been carefully crafted by Mr. Zemeckis with a Best Actor Oscar very much in mind. But awards aside, Mr. Washington is really impressive in this role, adding yet another memorable character to his long list of superb characterizations.