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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.
So much better than it has any right to be. It's structured very similar to Reitman's directorial debut, Thank You For Smoking, but it's the execution that helps carry this film...ahem...up in the air compared to Smoking, which never really took off. I did, however, feel that Anna Kendrick seemed too "childish" here, even in the young protégé role. Some of her scenes just didn't ring as true as say the scenes that Clooney and Farmiga shared together. Now those scenes were dynamite.
But, when all is said and done, Up in the Air is far and away Jason Reitman's best work to date. And I doubt he'll ever top this film, despite his modest ambitions.
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 has accustomed to a free lifestyle through airports, hotels and car hire. He can carry everything he needs in his small trolley; he is a VIP member of all loyalty programs that exist and is about to reach his life goal: 10 million miles, as a regular customer. When he falls for a traveling companion, his boss, inspired by an ambitious young efficiency expert, threatens to limit him to the office, away from the constant travel. Faced with the both terrifying and exciting prospect of stopping to fly, Ryan begins to glimpses the true meaning of having a home.
Up in the Air is probably the less divisive film from the acclaimed director, Jason Reitman and that's why many…
I'm not sure how Jason Reitman pulls this off, but in Thank You for Smoking he made me like and sympathize with a guy who works for the cigarette lobby, and now in Up in the Air he managed to make me like and sympathize with a guy who just fires people for a living. Not only that but this film glamorizes his life to a point where you find yourself thinking "Man, I'd love to have that job." The opening sequences are so beautifully choreographed that we can't help but think how great it is to travel. Even someone like me, who kind of hates traveling, can't avoid the allure of the lifestyle portrayed in this movie. A lot…
I love the twist in the tale of this story of business types enjoying the luxury of frequent flying.
Well written, meaningful, poignant movie. Clooney, Farmiga, and Kendrick all put in great performances under Jason Reitman's direction. Highly recommended.
Decent movie, Clooney rarely disappoints.
Clever, sentimental and fresh. The mix of romance, comedy, and drama makes it hard to fit into one category of film, and it takes a turn as soon as it begins to border on contrivance. You may think what this film is going to be, but it is not. Just watch it.
Reitman's masterwork -- a film that's sharp and oh so gentle but never feels "too" soft.
Just the right amount of firm.
After re-watching this film yesterday I've been deciding whether to keep this at 5 or bump it down to 4.5, I loved this the first time I saw it, seeing it again it didn't have the same punch which if you've seen the movie makes sense. I still like it a lot, since it's essentially Jason Reitman making a movie with numerous nods to the Coens. Ultimately I kept it at 5 due mostly to the impact it had on me the first time I watched it.
This movie is slower pace but it's worth it. George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, and Anna Kendrick all give amazing performances in this movie. The storyline is not the most original but it's also different in a sense. My favorite Jason Reitman film.
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