Up In The Air [DVD]
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A professional who specializes in "career transition counseling" (a euphemism for firing people) looks to accomplish his two main go als in life: to accumulate 1 million frequent flier miles, and to land a job at a mysterious management company called MythTech.
Up in the Air transforms some painful subjects into smart, sly comedy--with just enough of the pain underneath to give it some weight. Ryan Bingham (George Clooney) spends most of his days traveling around the country and firing people; he's hired by bosses who don't have the nerve to do their layoffs themselves. His life of constant flight suits him--he wants no attachments. But two things suddenly threaten his vacuum-sealed world: his company decides to do layoffs via video conference so they don't have to pay for travel, and Bingham meets a woman named Alex (Vera Farmiga, The Departed), who seems to be the female version of him… and of course, he starts to fall in love. Writer-director Jason Reitman is building a career from funny but thoughtful movies about compromised people--a pregnant teen in Juno, a cigarette-company executive in Thank You for Smoking. George Clooney has a gift for playing smart men who aren't quite as smart as they think they are (Michael Clayton, Out of Sight). The combination is perfect: Bingham is charming and sympathetic but clearly missing something, and Up in the Air captures that absence with clarity and compassion. The outstanding supporting cast includes Anna Kendrick (Rocket Science), Jason Bateman (Arrested Development), Danny McBride (Pineapple Express), Melanie Lynskey (Away We Go), and others, each small part pitched exactly right.--Bret Fetzer
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The part is written so well, and Clooney is such a good actor, that you start out feeling that Bingham's life is one worthy of emulation (there's a classic early scene - set to a soundtrack item called "Security Ballet" - in which he manages to make the debilitating and degrading process of going through airport security appear cool, poised and sexy). Having drawn you in to the story so completely, you're then reminded of the flaws in his choices through his encounters with the youthful, optimistic Natalie, the bold, mysterious Alex and his semi-estranged family. Ryan's not a bad man, just a mistaken one - and the way in which we stay with him as his initial dedication to an attachment-free life is shaken is proof of Clooney's sympathetic portrayal of this unpromising character. This is a great film: funny, engaging and subtly beguiling, centred on a terrifically stylish performance by Clooney and able support from Vera Farmiga's Alex and Anna Kendrick's Natalie.
It starts like an acid satire of nowadays working mentality, then it turns to a more intimate comedy and becomes a bittersweet drama about lonely people in a cold world.
And you follow the flow just enjoying and sharing their little moments, their questions without an answer, and the spark of humanity and positivity that still can come out from little people like them.
Actors are truly engaging and loveable, and the director's style, although apparently soft and focused on actors and situations, is smart and able to switch moods and atmosphere, in order to let us live and feel all the range of emotions and situations condensed in this little story
It's thoughtful, provocative and one of my favorite films of all time. But it's not fast, and there's literally no action. I'm just saying, don't rate it based on what it's not. Whatever.
Well, sort of queasy. What is the meaning of it all ?
George Clooney is here at his best. Seemingly never acting, just being himself. Master of his art. The most interesting character is undoubtedly Anna Kendrick who evolves from perky, know-it-all Natalie - a supporting role at best - to a lead actress in her own right.
I love her face, because it mirrors all sorts of emotions without even moving the lips. Anna Kendrick has a remarkable face and she definnitely knows how to use it.
Not a great movie, but very good entertainment.
The plot of the film is a bit weak and not very convincing. The environment shown along the personal story line is - at least for a European- disturbing and I would have hoped it would make people reflect on a culture where firing by video link can be conveyed as a real option.
Watch this film carefully and it is quite revealing about parts of US corporate culture.
If you are looking for a funny movie do not go for it, if you are looking for a socially critical relevant movie do not go for it. If you want both mixed together with some well known actors and you get it for a bargain price - then you can do a lot worse.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Five ENJOYABLE Stars! The dramedy "Up In The Air" is based on the novel by author Walter Kirn and has its plot built around a gruesome task. Read morePublished 4 months ago by RBSProds
I wouldn't recommend this film felt that I wasted my time watching it.Published 5 months ago by Cathy