Away We Go is a charming movie* about a couple in a long-term relationship (John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph) who suddenly discover that they are going to be parents. Very quickly the reality sets in and they look at their lives in a different way, questioning the path they have chosen together to this point. They decide that the solution is to find another place to live and begin a new life that they can be proud of and which can be conducive to child rearing.
Throughout their journey they reconnect with people they formerly respected only to find that they have problems with their own sanity (Allison Janney and Maggie Gyllenhaal) or life crisis (Chris Messina and Melanie Lynskey). Ultimately it is a journey of self-discovery, self-acceptance, and an embarrassing of what life is really about.
Year One is a film that is resplendent with elements from the book of Genesis. Characters such as Adam, Cain, Able, and Abraham take the screen in settings such as the Garden of Eden complete with the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, the ancient Canaanite countryside, and the city of Sodom. Yet, don’t get fooled: this is not a Biblical film.
No doubt it would be very easy to criticize this movie and say that it was not accurate and therefore should be boycotted and banned. Recent history has only shown that banning tends to bring attention to the subject of the boycott. So let’s take a different look at it.
Even if you choose not to see the film (which I am certainly not encouraging), it can prove to be an interesting point of conversation with our culture. The arch of the story has the main character (Jack Black) eating of the Tree and ultimately becoming the hero of the story by saving the city of Sodom from a famine as well as gods of all kinds, specifically by proving that he could enter the “holy of holies” and by killing the high priest. The reputation of Sodom in the movie is the same as that of Sodom in the Bible, which is prized as a proper and worthy way to live.