Flight (Robert Zemeckis, 2013)

What's it about? Pilot Whip Whittaker (Denzel Washington) is hailed as a hero when he pulls off an amazing manoeuvre in crash-landing a plane. But suspicions are soon raised about whether he was fit to fly in the first place and he is forced to confront his alcohol dependency.

Is it any good? This film tells us that drinking is fucking great!! You get to fly planes upside-down, and shag hot women, and there's always loyal friends around to cover your ass, and you don't even get bad hangovers or look like shit after drinking every beer and spirit known to man. If you do feel a bit groggy, a quick coffee and a line or two of coke will have you fully functional and looking sharp again. And stopping drinking will end in disaster. And that's before......Well, folks, news just in. I've been handed a note by my lawyers which insists this film actually shows drinking is a Bad Thing and that this is actually a sensitively-handled morality tale about a man who finds redemption by facing up to his demons. Really? If that were the case, wouldn't they have made being a raging alcoholic look, like, bad? And unhealthy? And more damaging? Surely they can't be serious? 

Anything else i should know? As an examination of alcoholism, it's about as hard-hitting as a fluffy bunny, but the excellent plane-crash sequence is likely to leave anyone scared of flying reaching for a stiff drink. If only the rest of the film was as realistic.

What does the Fonz think? Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit drinking.

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