Personally, after watching this (assuming that we're taking as accurate of a portrayal of Whip as possible in the film) I'm still on the fence with how I see the character. How do you like a pilot who drinks, smokes weed and does a rip of coke before a flight? Or continues to drink while the plane's in the air? Now greatness in one's field is obviously a factor here (again, if we can believe what they're saying about how not many--if any--other pilots could've done the same thing in his place), but it's hard to weigh in these terms. Would he have dared perform these tactics sober? Would they have yielded the same result? We'll never know. Hence, the confusion.
On the acting side, Denzel rises to the occasion as always. He's the man, and I was rooting for him regardless because it was him (probably why they chose him as the lead). Is he a good guy? Not really, but he's got problems and addictions like the rest of us. The AA meeting was a surreal moment for Whip and the audience, as was the threeway smoke in the Hospital hallway. The guy dying of cancer was pitch perfect. He understood his plight, embraced it and tried to council the other two lost souls put in his path. The whole scene was brilliant and gave the film street cred in my mind. John Goodman's character also lends some much needed perspective (going in the opposite direction, but still), which balances out the moments of dread and self-loathing.
FLIGHT is what it is, a monument to decisions and consequences that affect more than just the people making them. I liked the domino effect with Nicole's character, but again, much like Whip, you can't really like her much as a person. Don Cheadle was a breath of fresh air as Whip's lawyer, but in the wake of IRON MAN 3, I can't picture him as anything but War Machine at the moment. This is an Oscar bait flick, a true events tale, and a particularly sorrow filled one at that. There is redemption to be found, and a rewarding school of lessons to be learned from, but this is one of those movies you have to be in the mood for and actually want to watch. Most films are about escapism, us, escaping the rigors and misfortunes of life. A flick like this makes us take a step back and examine our own demons, and some people may not be as apt to do that as they might think.
The Making of Flight: A short look with cast and crew at how it all went down during their 35 days of shooting. This movie is a prime example of why I hate flying.
Anatomy of a Plane Crash: For a flick based upon a crash, I didn't feel we saw much in this department. The prep work for it however, is by no means underwhelming.
Q & A Highlights: Hilarious, though it wasn't meant to be, because of all the peeps there to answer, Denzel--who I would assume would be the prime focus--was out sick.
Previews: There are a handful of trailers, a DVD Copy, an Ultraviolet Copy and Digital Copy of the film.