Drew?s mother (Susan Sarandon) immediately elects him to go deal with the arrangements because he is the ?responsible" and "successful" one. Well, Drew?s life has ended and there is no need for the suicide machine anymore. He takes a redeye flight ASAP. While being the only passenger on the plane, Drew meets a perky, young flight attendant named Claire (played by the beautiful Kirsten Dunst). She tells him all about herself even if he doesn?t want to know. After the flight has ended, Claire supplies Drew with a hand-drawn map to Elizabethtown. Upon arrival, he meets wacky relatives who seemed to have known his father better than he did. Drew also stumbles into a romance with weird but charming Claire, whose wisdom, lust for life, and good taste in music may help Drew come to terms with his new place in the world, and possibly a better one.
?Elizabethtown? is classic Cameron Crowe. All of the sensational and offbeat characters are there, and there?s always a great soundtrack. The film features great tracks from Tom Petty, Elton John, and Ryan Adams. The film is about finding yourself in one of the last places you would ever look. It?s a very memorable romantic road trip movie. At the end, Drew hits the road with his father's ashes and a mix tape from Claire that lets Crowe show how rock & roll can remind us of what makes life worth living. This part of the movie should go down in cinematic history. It?s well-filmed and heartfelt.
Crowe has made a blend of his previous films ?Say Anything? and ?Almost Famous? and come out with a great cocktail of a movie. It?s well-acted, filmed and well-edited, and it captures an aspect of the country not everyone has seen. It is definitely worth seeing not only once, but twice. Crowe is a splendid film maker and it is proven in ?Elizabethtown.?
This is a movie that has been on my to watch list for longer than I can remember. It sat and patiently waited in my Netflix list until it had its moment to shine. Elizabethtown was more than I ever could have imagined. I regret not taking the time to see it sooner.
It takes a lot for me to completely fall in love with a movie. I am a picky filmmaker who jumps at the chance to criticize and change. And I can honestly say there isn't a single thing wrong with this movie. I realized long before it was even over that this would squeeze its way into the short list of my favorite movies of all time. With every second it got better and better.
I can't even put my finger on why I loved it so much. It reminded me of when I was a teenager without a care in the world. It reminded me of my love of adventure. It reminded me of why I love spontaneity and people who light up a whole room without even trying. It reminded me to live.
One of these days when you are feeling down or out of sorts or even just tired of the everyday routine, put on Elizabethtown. Don't you dare pick up your phone or get distracted. Just watch, really watch. Feel and experience this movie for all it has to offer. There isn't a single boring moment. It's something special.