Flight. Holy shit, that entire sequence of the flight - I had a knot in my throat, my hands in front of my mouth and my eyes bugging out through the entire thing. And all the while the pilot talking to the air traffic controllers so calmly and collectedy while the shit hit the fan, that was a powerful juxtaposition.
I thought most of it was a really great movie. Am agreed with several critics and probably bunches of other moviegoers in dislike of the ending. I mean, I get that the story you are telling in a studio movie needs an ending. And if you are telling the story of a flawed hero, there are several obvious conclusions: redemption, stubborn unrepentance, a tragic death, an open-ended un-resolution. And probably a few more that don't come to me quite as readily.
But I just didn't care for the ending that they picked. It didn't seem entirely plausible to me. But you know what? I might go see it again anyway, the rest of it was *that* good.
P.S. on Nov 6, interesting headline in the NYT movie section: Anheuser-Busch Asks Studio to Obscure Labels in ‘Flight’. Curious to see what will happen there.
Whatever happens, the AV Club has a nice take on it:
In a move that is totally un-Bud-like, Budweiser manufacturers Anheuser-Busch have asked Paramount to obscure all of its logos in current and future copies of Flight, a film in which Denzel Washington is shown repeatedly enjoying the cold, refreshing taste of Budweiser to fuel his alcoholism. That Budweiser also gives Washington's airline pilot the cool, steady hand needed to pull off incredible emergency landings doesn't seem to matter to Anheuser-Busch—nor to the manufacturers of Stolichnaya vodka, who have similarly expressed concerns about their product's cameos—and neither company views this as the obvious opportunity for marketing synergy that it is. Ads urging drinkers to unwind with a Bud and crash-land like a champ, in other words, are not forthcoming.
Instead, each company has issued a sobering statement about not wanting their product to be associated with drinking to excess, but rather the slow, savoring enjoyment of rich flavors and life's finer things that is more commonly associated with Budweiser and Stoli vodka. However, most experts agree that there is little recourse for either company, as trademark law doesn't prevent films from using real-world products, or implying that they really take the edge off piloting huge jets in life-or-death situations. Though Budweiser, as King of Beers, may of course issue a royal decree.