A little cliché, a little slow at times, a little recycled,
To be free is partly the idea that one is not burdened by the expectations of others. Drew, with a little help from his new friend Claire, contemplates the overrated nature of "success" and discovers the weight of following what "they" expect. Somewhere in the mess of spontaneous encounters with Claire, getting lost in his otherworld family and their Southern hospitality, and his aimless mental wandering Drew manages to cast aside the expectations of they. In doing so he discovers love, life, and freedom.
Carina Chocano of the LA Times says of Elizabethtown (click here for review):
"The movie gets lost sometimes, wandering down several stray paths to nowhere, only to suddenly change course and wind up in an unexpectedly exhilarating place. In this sense, it's the opposite of the quick commute of the average commercial movie. It's a meandering road trip instead."
It may be a recipe for feel-good mediocrity, but it is a feeling that I think we all need to get from a good movie every now and again. To walk away with a rejuvenation of spirit is a good feeling. At the same time, even if
Finally, let's not forget the soundtrack. The music is pristinely woven into the heart of this movie. A good movie isn't complete without a good soundtrack, and