Away We Go

  • Directors: Sam Mendes
  • Producers:
  • Writers: Dave Eggers, Vendela Vida
  • Genres: Comedy, Drama
  • Actors: John Krasinski, Maya Rudolph, Jeff Daniels, Carmen Ejogo, Jim Gaffigan, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Josh Hamilton, Allison Janney, Melanie Lynskey, Chris Messina, Catherine O Hara, Paul Schneider

The film opens with a young couple, Verona De Tessant (Maya Rudolph) and Burt Farlander (John Krasinski), in bed and about to engage in oral intercourse. However, Burt soon notices that Verona “tastes” differently, and explains to her that it might be a potential sign that she is pregnant. She promptly slaps him across the face in disbelief, causing him to tumble out of the bed.

About 6 months later, we find Verona well into her pregnancy with a baby girl, and Burt trying to find ways to make himself a good parent for their newcoming baby (trying to take on skills like carpentry and woodcarving, which he mistakes as “cobbling”, the craft of shoemaking). They begin to analyze their lives, wondering if they are “screwups”, as they are both in their early 30’s and still struggling to provide an actual home and demands to meet their daily needs and fulfilling lives (and also unmarried, as Verona fails to see the point in doing so). They then visit their only family in the area, Burt’s parents, Gloria and Jerry (Catherine O’Hara and Jeff Daniels), only to find out that they have decided to move to Antwerp, Belgium for 2 years, leaving a month before the baby is due, since it was one of their lifelong goals. Frustrated at their selfishness and ill-thinking, Verona and Burt decide it’s best to try and find somewhere else to live and to raise their family, as they have no other reason to stay in the area now that Burt’s parents are leaving.

While sitting outside in the yard, Verona then recounts a story about her father trying to grow an orange tree in the yard of their old house, to not much success. So, Verona, her mother, and her sisters went out with pineapples and various other fruits, duct tape, and string, and hung up the fruits on the tree to please their father, making him laugh considerably. She remembers this fondly, causing the couple to then travel to her old home, and realizing that it truly is the place that they should make as their new home. The film closes with Burt and Verona on the patio of the house, overlooking the nearby lake together.

Where the Wild Things Are

  • Directors: Spike Jonze
  • Producers: Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman, Maurice Sendak, John B Carls, Vincent Landay
  • Writers: Picture book, Maurice Sendak, Screenplay, Dave Eggers, Spike Jonze
  • Genres: Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy
  • Actors: Max Records, Catherine Keener, Mark Ruffalo, Lauren Ambrose, Chris Cooper, James Gandolfini, Catherine O Hara, Forest Whitaker

The film concerns the imaginary adventures of a young boy named Max, who is angry when his mother, Connie, invites her boyfriend over. After causing one mischievous antic after another, he is sent to his room without supper. Feeling angry and unloved, he then creates a forest bordering a massive ocean, and sails away to an island inhabited by many large imaginary monsters called the Wild Things, who crown him as their ruler.