Poster for Sam Mendes’ ‘Away We Go’

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My interest in Sam Mendes’ Away We Go is primarily due to the fact it is directed by Sam Mendes. Going a bit further beyond the surface level evaluation, I have a feeling it will have a very light and uplifting air about it considering most of Mendes’ work delves into some dark territory with films such as Revolutionary Road, Jarhead and Road to Perdition as his last three outings.

This new film stars John Krasinski (“The Office”) and Maya Rudolph (“Saturday Night Live”) and along with the new poster featured below I finally have an official synopsis:

Directed by Academy Award winner Sam Mendes (American Beauty) from an original screenplay by Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida, this funny and heartfelt film follows the journey of an expectant couple (John Krasinski [“The Office”] and Maya Rudolph [“Saturday Night Live”), as they travel the U.S. in search of the perfect place to put down roots and raise their family. Along the way, they have misadventures and find fresh connections with an assortment of relatives and old friends who just might help them discover “home” on their own terms for the first time. The movie features the music of Alexi Murdoch.

While there is a bit of downtrodden roots to this story as you can see in the trailer (upper right) the comedic tone is certainly there, “Oh I think it’s more than 3,000 isn’t it Jerry?” One thing is for certain, this may be a real break-out for Rudolph who has shown talent in the past, but has never been given such a great opportunity. This is also a nice turn for Krasinski who didn’t do himself any favors with License to Wed.

Check out the poster below and look for Away We Go on June 5. Who knows, maybe this film will be good enough to keep on the Academy’s mind come Oscar season. Oh, and get a larger look at the poster right here.

Photo: Focus Features

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