Robert Zemeckis’s first live action film since 2000’s Cast Away, has certainly been worth the wait. Not only is it a brilliant film in its own right, but it also features an exquisite performance from Denzel Washington, who thoroughly deserves his best actor nomination for his portrayal as Whip Whitaker.

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As I previously stated Flight stars Denzel Washington as flight captain Whip Whitaker, an airline pilot who saves a flight from crashing, but an investigation into the malfunctions reveal that Whitaker had alcohol in his system at the time of the crash, ultimately leading to something troubling.

Flight really is a compelling film. It’s expertly directed and it also has a great script. One thing I genuinely liked about Flight was the fact that I never knew what to expect, hence its ability to compel. It’s a genuinely great film and I personally find it quite hard to believe that it didn’t receive a best picture nomination, as I feel it’s thoroughly deserving of one, especially due to how accurately it manages to convey the negativity of alcoholism.

To me the main reason why Flight works so well all comes down to just how good Denzel Washington is in the leading role. As we all know Mr Washington is certainly one of the finest actors working today but in Flight he certainly delivers one of his best performances. I would go as far as saying out of all the Oscar nominations for best actor behind Daniel Day Lewis, Washington comes in at a close second, due to the believability in the portrayal of his character. Although his character isn’t a very good person I really felt sorry for him at times and whilst watching the film, upon seeing him contemplate about his next drink I found myself saying “don’t do it”. I really resided with him and I feel despite an opening that was really hard to match the film managed to pull it off. After all it is just a really good story that turned out to be better than I previously thought it would be.

Originally I thought this was going to be a bit of a doom and gloom story but it was surprisingly touching at times as well as being quite funny in certain instances, with the humour most notably provided by the brilliant John Goodman. Whilst Goodman only makes a minor appearance the supporting cast are also very good as well with Don Cheadle, Kelly Reilly and Bruce Greenwood being the most notable but of course no-one can compete with Denzel Washington in this film, as without him it’s safe to say the film would be difficult to imagine.

One key aspect I would finally like to focus on in this film is just how good the inflight crash scene is. I will not spoil anything but I thought I had to mention it as it is just so well done. It genuinely is one of the finest scenes I’ve seen in a movie in a very long time.

Overall Flight is a fantastic film. It’s a great story that manages to be original yet innovative at the same time. It’s full of memorable sequences and of course is thoroughly deserving of its Oscar nominated performance for Denzel Washington.

9/10

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