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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.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Review In A Nutshell:
Things were rough for our family during the last two years, as there was a long stretch during that period where my father was out of the job and was struggling to find another. This placed my family in a difficult financial position, where our lifestyle took a hit and the very few luxuries we had started to fade. The thing that hit me the most during that stretch of my life was not that I couldn't get the materialistic objects that I want or that I don't get any extra money when attending university; it was seeing my dad,…
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…
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 review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Clooney:" Make no mistake, we all die alone. Now, those cult members in San Diego with the Kool-Aid and the sneakers, they didn't die alone. I'm just saying there are options."
[Anna Kendrick is on the verge of tears]
Clooney:" Oh fuck."
Kendrick (Half-sobbing): "Brian left me."
An absorbing and delightful film that I must revisit once in awhile. Up in the Air is adorable, cute, charming, and every other word listed in thesaurus dot com. I would say that it is the ultimate feel-good movie if 500 Days of Summer didn't exist. This little hidden gem in the rom-com genre is proof that a film riddled with cliches can still be decent. No scratch that, what am I thinking?…
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…
The air travel stuff fasinates me but I like what this film has to say about life.
Director Reitman first burst onto the scene with “Thank You For Smoking” a film which followed a lobbyist for Tobacco actively trying to encourage more people to smoke and here again he gives another character with an usual job that they actually enjoy doing. So is the case with Ryan, who enjoys his job so much that he sees it as a burden to have to go home on those few days every year when he hasn’t got an assignment.
A creature of habit, Ryan has lived this life for so long he now has his routine down to almost a science, even crafting his personal philosophies into motivational speeches he gives at conferences under the heading of “What’s In…
I’m not the first person to point this out, but it increasingly seems like George Clooney is the last representative of a certain kind of unapologetic movie-star acting. Clooney will never have his work analyzed the same way someone would analyze a performance by, say, Daniel Day-Lewis or Robert De Niro when he was at his best; but in the right role this can be more of a strength than a weakness. Much the way someone like Cary Grant became a legend by simply playing variations on an established persona, Clooney has been giving audiences what they expect from him since he left behind his TV origins. Clooney’s newest film, Up in the Air, is not an exception; he gives…
This film resonanates so deeply with me. Scripting is beautiful.
If your profession is traveling the world firing people, then you may as well be a prostitute.....
If he keeps his self-discovery narratives away from casts of teenagers (Men, Women & Children), and double-checks those narratives for horrible implications (Labor Day), Jason Reitman can be really honest, even poignant. George Clooney and the theme of "chasing happiness but being happy wherever you land" help too.
"Up in the Air," director Jason Reitman's follow up to his break-out hit "Juno," is easily the most topical film I've seen this year. No other movie has been so in tune with current events and the cultural anxiety brought about by the recent economic crisis.
George Clooney plays Ryan Bingham, whose job it is to do companies' dirty work for them and fire employees. He's a transient being, living out of suitcases and hotel rooms, and that's just the way he likes it. But then he meets Alex, a fellow transient being (Vera Farmiga) for whom he develops real feelings, and Natalie (Anna Kendrick), a spunky go-getter who's assigned to trail him and learn from him but who instead…
We may all be cogs in a heartless capitalist machine, but that's not the point, is it? Because if the act of losing your desk job is what causes you great distress, and not the way it impacts the one's you love, what's the point? If the one's you love truly love you, then you haven't really lost much, have you?
Ryan Bingham thinks he's free, but as Kris Kristofferson and Janis Joplin would let you know, it's just another word for nothing left to lose. That's a romantic notion for a young hippie, but for someone like Ryan, it's just a way to avoid pain. Nothing left to lose becomes nothing to live for.
Handsome is forever though.
This is the first film since Terminal that made me want to be in an airport as soon as possible.
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