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Up in the Air
The story of a man ready to make a connection.
George Clooney plays the dry cynical character of Ryan Bingham, an executive who specializes in "downsizing". Ryan lives out of his suitcase, traveling the country for the sole purpose terminating unwanted employees day after day. Just as Ryan is about to reach his life-long goal of the ten million mile frequent flyer mark some major changes come his way. Changes that threaten to crack the cold heartless exterior that is Ryan Bingham.
A series of puns about Up In The Air
-It's just plane good.
-Jason is the Reitman for the job.
-Fired on all cylinders
-I haven't got a Clooney
It's a good movie.
Part entertaining crowd-pleaser, part depressing character study, Up in the Air is one of my favorite films from recent years. Ryan Bingham (George Clooney) is a guy who has made it the top of his field flying around the country firing people in place of cowardly employers. He isn't just a heartless ass hole, though. He wants to let people go with dignity in their darkest hour and does his best to understand each person he's about to fire and tailor his method to their individual needs.
His entire life revolves around disconnection and loneliness, but he doesn't realize that until a young up-and-comer Natalie (Anna Kendrick) becomes his protégé after proposing a way to modernize his business. He also…
Ryan is a character which I've tried to tear apart through my rewatch of Reitman's film. His detachment from human connection is exasperated through his occupation as a traveling firing man...going workplace to workplace dismissing employers when their employees are too scared to do so (is there even a name for the job?). This job, if anything, gives him a good excuse for his self-isolation; he never feels comfortable at home, and he wants to keep occupied by moving around. His family relations are strained, he doesn't have a relationship (let alone a stable one), and he takes joy in his personal living style. On the side, he gives inspirational lectures, the metaphorical "What's in your Backpack?" - insisting that…
My love for this film was instantaneous and I for the life of me can't put my finger on why that is. All things considered it isn't an exceptional plot, but something about the themes in this film and Clooney's wonderful performance resonated with me.
This is the type of role I love seeing Clooney in. Charming as hell and quick witted. His gradual self awareness and subsequent change is both touching as it is bitter sweet. Clooney brings that across superbly. The fact that the chemistry between him and Vera Farmiga is almost palpable doesn't hurt either.
I really like Jason Reitman's cinematic prose. The way he tells this story here is very enjoyable. He gets very natural performances…
This was a first time viewing for me, and I will say that I regret missing this film in a bad way. I have come to expect greatness from every Clooney performance I embark on. I just had no interest in this film in the past, but when I finally came around to it, my mind was blown.
Clooney was pretty much perfect, his performance was definitely Oscar caliber. And although he didn't win the Best Actor statue, at least he was beat out by an amazing performance from Jeff Bridges. And the women in this were equally amazing in their respective roles. Farmiga and Kendrick were also very worthy of their nominations from the Academy. I hadn'e even heard…
"Imagine for a second that you're carrying a backpack."
Wow. I honestly can't figure out why it had taken me this long to finally watch Up in the Air, but now that I've seen it, it's safe to say that I am quite blown away. The film is a deft mixture of three broad genres -- comedy, drama, and romance -- wound together in a story that is very much of its time and, yet, seemingly timeless.
I was admittedly already blown away about 22 minutes into the film, after its glorious opening title sequence, some unbelievably awesome editing, and a perfect romantic meet-cute between Ryan (George Clooney) and Alex (Vera Farmiga). Throw in some hugely resonant dialogue, a highly…
The movie has it's ups and downs but It is one of those movies that you can't get bored at, I mean George Clooney was born to win a Oscar.
This is one of those films where how you feel about it may hinge on whether you relate or not personally as it really gets you to bring your personal life with you to the viewing. That said, even if you don't relate to Bingham's (Clooney) story, I still think its worth seeking out as it just works as a telling of a man searching for a real connection while simultaneously relishing in his freelancing lifestyle.
The film just works off the strength of three phenomenal & charismatic lead performances from Clooney, Vera Farmiga & Anna Kendrick, with Farmiga & Clooney's just palpable chemistry together, with Kendrick adding some laughs & charm to the screen. It may not work for some, but me being a single man in his 20s having similar feelings & thoughts as Bingham, I was enthralled & moved by this film.
Everytime I watch this I forget how much I love it. I wish it had more recognition.
I really don't know what to think about Up in the Air. I know that it's really good with it's crisp and perhaps perfect study of Ryan Bingham; a man so odd with his puzzling lifestyle choices. At the same time though the film never feels like a masterpiece, as if it is missing that key to satisfying perfection. In the end a 4.5 out of 5 will have to do it.
As previously mentioned Up in the Air is about Ryan Bingham; a guy who fires people for a living, travels constantly and preaches the greatness of an independent and commitment less lifestyle.
The screenplay telling this story is excellent, delivering fresh and realistic dialogue complete with strange humour…
I thought the concept of someone who lives their life through airports and hotels was interesting. As someone who loves to travel, I thoroughly enjoyed the idea of it all. The only bad thing I could say about this film is that I felt like George Clooney and Vera Farmiga's storyline was pointless.
My go-to movie for when I'm packing for the airport.
If this film feels like it's a music video or a travel brochure, that's probably because it thinks it is. It's a visual trip, with expensive-looking aerial shots of every city imaginable, beautiful typography, and a romantic colour palette. It's cut to the sound of a snappy score and larger-than-life sound design. All of this almost comes off as distracting, but it serves good purpose.
This is an incredibly heavy film, and it's got the potential to be depressing and distressing. That's why its aesthetics become so important; it lightens the mood. It layers the delight of travelling over the incredibly dispiriting subject matter. The result is something wonderfully bittersweet.
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