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Up In The Air [Blu-ray]
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With a job traveling around the country firing people, Ryan Bingham enjoys his life living out of a suitcase, but finds that lifestyle threatened by the presence of a new hire and a potential love interest.
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During the boom days of the last recession, he winds up mentoring an earnest young graduate (Anna Kendrick). Some laughs here as Ryan expounds on his philosophy of life..
Our anti-hero finally meets a fellow traveler (Vera Farminga) that he grows to like. Surprise for him.
IMHO, this movie has some great moments and many insights. Clooney is at his charismatic best. The rest of the cast was good. The narrative was crisp with some surprises. Many voices had the opportunity to speak.
Recommended for all ages.
'Up In The Air' reminded me a great deal of 'About Schmidt' - with that pure midwest flavor. This is George Clooney at his best in drama. This pic was advertized as comedy but is far from it. This story was marvelous rich drama. I was quite surprised at the depth & dramatic appeal. I would recommend this flick to anyone who loves a real story without Hollywood mucking it up with 'happy ever after'.
The success of this movie must be due entirely to the charm of its leading man, because it is in no other way unusual or special. Clooney is quite likable playing his usual confident smooth-talker and Farmiga is good in an undemanding role but not worthy of an Oscar nomination, in my opinion. The plot is pleasant enough, but hardly memorable, so I don't understand all the excitement about it. It was just okay for me. 3.5 stars.
Ryan Bingham (Clooney) spends most of his life traveling. He flies from one city to another to fire people on behalf of companies who don't want to perform the task. We are told that he spent 322 days on the road the previous year. Although that kind of life would be detested by most people, Bingham likes it. He lives in hotels and his apartment is just an extension of that environment.
The rest of Bingham's time is taken up by giving motivational speeches. His philosophy states that our lives are filled with meaningless possessions, so he asks us to imagine starting over. He also believes that people are weighed down by the relationships in their lives. Whether it's friends, work colleagues, family members or romantic partners, they can be the most significant burdens we face. As a result, Bingham doesn't allow himself to get close to anybody in any type of relationship.
Does that sound depressing? Many of the people who dislike the film cite that as the main reason. I find it poignant, charming, intelligent and very funny.
Bingham's existence is threatened when a potential innovation is considered by his company. Instead of sending representatives all over America, the company may switch to firing people remotely using an Internet connection. The scheme is suggested by Natalie (Kendrick), who is young, eager and ambitious. Bingham insists that she doesn't have a clue about the reality of his job and he's given the task of showing her how it works.Read more ›
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Saw it originally in the theatre, couldn't find it on Netflix so ordered my own copy. George Clooney never disappoints.Published 9 months ago by Movie Buff
Very surprised with this movie. Didn't expect to like it as much as I do.
The characters are believable, having real life brands makes it all the better. Read more
I am not sure what it was that i liked about this movie. The young actress that was paired up with George Clooney helped to accentuate the great contrast between generations. Read morePublished on Jan. 22 2014 by Kasloguy
Good movie with George Clooney. A movie fun our current times of down sizing and out sourcing. I recommend it to all fans of intelligent scripts.Published on May 24 2013 by Pierre Aubin
We have seen the two formulas separately. One where the stoic individual that need no one breaks down in the end and even wants to be a part of something; this can be the start of... Read morePublished on July 25 2010 by Bernie