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.
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…
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.
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…
This is a really amazing and heartbreaking movie. Together with a great script, the performances are really what make this film so enjoyable.
George Clooney is, in my opinion, one of the best actors we have currently out there. Here he pulls off a breathtaking performance of Ryan Bingham, a man that lives for his work, on the road (or the air) for most of his life.
He lives out of his suitcase and he has mastered the art of business traveling. He knows exactly how to pack to avoid checking bags in and wasting time, which lines to choose at security based on the profiles of the other people to speed the process, and he considers the "air" his…
Simply breathtaking. A modern classic in the making.
What a great movie. The rhythm is excellent and the characters are deep, the actors are great... I loved it.
I rented this when it first came out but had only watched parts of it, at least that's what I thought up until an hour ago when I finished watching it. It turns out that I had watched the whole thing. I have a bad memory, and it is worrisome.
At least I didn't waste a re-watch on a bad film. This was just as good as I didn't remember it to be.
You sexy motherfucker.
Flyin' high, across the sky.
Fireing all these bitches.
Make no mistake, your relationships are the heaviest components in your life. All those negotiations and arguments and secrets, the compromises. The slower we move the faster we die', aldus het credo van Ryan Bingham (Clooney). 'Make no mistake, moving is living', zegt hij steeds opnieuw in de motiverende lezingen die hij geeft. Bingham is een professioneel crisismanager die door firma's wordt ingehuurd om mensen de laan uit te sturen. Hij blaakt van charme en maakt er een sport van om zoveel mogelijk gevlogen kilometers te sparen. Hij woont in transitzones, hij winkelt in taksvrije luchthavenshops en slaapt in dure hotels. Het woord 'connectie' is hem vreemd totdat hij in Alex een zielsverwant ontmoet ('I'm like you, buth with a…
On Twitter this would definitely be considered under #firstworldproblems, but I regularly struggle when it comes to deciding what to watch. Tonight was no exception, and after an embarrassingly long amount of time staring at my 'To Watch' pile of DVDs, I finally opted for Up in the Air. This decision would have been easier if I'd been more aware of the cast - beside George Clooney and Anna Kendrick (both expectedly good), I had no idea that this film also contained the talents of Jason Bateman and J.K. Simmons, which figures considering they both had quite substantial roles in director Jason Reitman's previous film Juno (2007). I'm also unfortunately unfamiliar with Vera Farmiga, who duly impressed. The story is fairly enjoyable, and the script is peppered with snippets of memorable dialogue, but this film also serves as a stark reminder that George Clooney is damn cool and you will never be that damn cool.
Es una comedia romántica en el fondo, sí, pero con bastante más qué decir de lo que parece a simple vista.
Film started off well, but descended into a clichéd romantic comedy. It tried to do too much, and the film felt dragged put by the end. Too many plotlines made it feel like it was more than one film.
Good performance by the cast, with some pleasantly surprising cameos
Most of the people on the planet plans their lives around their jobs. Losing a job is a life-changing experience and can be very traumatic. Ryan's job (George Clooney) is to fire people. This is an elite comedic-drama and a wonderful movie. Rarely have I been so enthralled by a film.
I have to say, I enjoyed the general idea, art style, and most of the plot. What I didn't enjoy was the feeling of production. It felt like every aspect of this film was pumped full of money. Of course, that's not a good thing, but when the only ugly people are mid to low class workers being fired, it's pretty obvious and honestly quite distracting. Good idea, good story, less than good execution.