It’s not really what it sold itself as, but Denzel Washington does a great job in this recovery drama.
You could be forgiven for thinking that this was a film about a plane crash and the investigation that follows, as that’s how we were sold Flight by its trailers, however it’s actually almost entirely focused upon a tale of substance abuse and recovery. That’s no bad thing as Washington’s portrayal of the drug dependent pilot is excellent, but it is surprising at first until you adjust your expectations, and if I’m honest it’s a little disappointing that the drama of the investigation is dropped.
The crash itself is handled extremely well; it’s very tense and enough realistic details are given and discussed so as to sell what we are seeing on screen and make us believe that such an event could actually happen. It’s the most involving bit of the film, which isn’t a criticism of the rest, it’s just that nothing else can match the intensity that this moment has, and unfortunately it happens early on into the film.
I’ve mentioned Washington, but Flight does have several decent supporting performances from actors including John Goodman and Don Cheadle which need to be mentioned. I always am excited to see either of these two actors in a film and they deliver good solid work here. The supporting cast isn’t really as effectively used as perhaps it could be, but everyone delivers on what they are supposed to, and Goodman provides several nice moments of comic relief.
It’s good to see Washington tackling a role such as this, and the film itself is a decent drama. Occasionally it’s a little predictable and safe, but this is a good effort by all involved, with a great lead performance that makes it worth checking out regardless of any small criticisms that I may make.
What is the film’s greatest strength?
Undoubtedly it’s Washington’s great performance.
Its greatest weakness?
That it, especially the last third, becomes somewhat predictable.
Would I see it again?
Maybe at some point. It was well acted but there’s not all that much replay value to be found here.
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