Past Movie Review: Flight

In all my years as an avid movie-goer, I dont think I have ever seen a movie with better airplane special effects than the movie “Flight”, starring Denzel Washington, released in 2012. This movie, and specifically this one scene when the pilot Whip Whitaker, played by Washington – is not for those who fear flying. After a major part failure on the plane, Whitaker had to make the airplane turn completely over on its back, to prevent a straight into the ground crash. This scene was amazing with both the special effects, and Washington’s expert-calm-acting where he prevented the crash, but not without 6 people dying out of the 106 onboard.

The real story of Flight is about alcoholism and drug abuse. It turns out that Whitaker is a very serious drug addict, who is very good at hiding his problem, for many years. Despite his brilliant flying to prevent a horrendous tragedy, the toxicology report showed that he had cocaine and a very high alcohol level in his system after the accident. After the accident this story is all about a massive coverup to kill the toxicology report and save Whitaker from a very long prison term that may even include life in prison. The point here is, it doesn’t matter that the pilot saved 100 lives, all that matters is that he was operating an Airline Jet while drunk. This movie might have been based on recent true stories about pilots who were flying under the influence that came out within a few years of the release of this film.

Flight is one of Denzel Washington’s best movie roles and performances, along with Don Cheadle who is Whitaker’s lawyer who will do anything to keep him out of prison, John Goodman who almost steals the movie as Whitaker’s drug hookup and Bruce Greenwood as Whitaker’s friend. All of the performances were outstanding in this very memorable film. The direction of Robert Zemeckis was also great.

There are many messages in this story, but for me the most important one is, when you are addict you never think you are addicted and you will continue to use, even if it might mean that as a result of your drinking and drug abuse you might kill many people even if you are an airline pilot.

Once again, the critics back in 2012 were wrong, this is not a 77% movie, its more in the 90% range and I highly recommend it.

Movie Review: The Little Things

“The Little Things”, like the recent release of “Wonder Woman 1984” has been released in theaters and on HBO Max for one month. Due to the pandemic, the movie industry is slowly changing into new methods of release and distribution. Odds are many of these new movie distribution ideas will remain, long after the Covid-19 Pandemic is over.

Considering 3 Academy award winning actors, Denzel Washington, Rami Malek, Jared Leto – agreeing to make this movie, one would have thought from the start, that the script would have been outstanding. It is not. Most of this story about a washed up cop Joe Deacon, played by Washington and a detective Jim Baxter played by Malek trying to find a serial killer seemed like a bad TV movie with a plot and action that we have all seen way too many times. I wondered during this entire boring film whether this entire bad production was made, only because of the drastic drawdown of the movie industry, due to this almost year long Pandemic. Everybody involved had to find a film that is less risky and low budget because of the continuing worry that so few people want to risk going to the movies. Unfortunately, the end result is a bad movie.

This time around the critics are accurate with their low 49% rating and this movie should definitely be missed because it is a waste of the talents of 3 A-list actors.