Up in the Air
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From Jason Reitman, the OscarA nominated director of aJuno, a comes a dramatic comedy called aUp in the Aira starring OscarA winner George Clooney as Ryan Bingham, a corporate downsizing expert whose cherished life on the road is threatened just as he is on the cusp of reaching ten million frequent flyer miles and after heas met the frequent-traveler woman of his dreams.
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
Featurette: Shadowplay: Before The Story HD
Music Video - "Help Yourself" by Sad Brad HD
Featurette: Storyboards HD
Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary by Jason Reitman HD
Featurette: American Airlines Prank HD
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Great movie for anyone who wants to be reminded that freedom from attachments isn't true freedom, that happiness comes from shared experiences and love. And no, it's not too cheesy or a chick film. It doesn't end perfectly but still isn't a tragedy. There's a nice balance.
It's a good movie to watch.
This could have been a likable love story and it certainly does have it's moments. It could also have been a story of self discovery, but what's discovered is pretty shallow. Without revealing anything about the ending, it's fair to say it's not happy. There are moments of brilliance in the dialog, like when Cluney walks through the airport describing his life ("All the things you probably hate about travelling – the recycled air, the artificial lighting, the digital juice dispensers, the cheap sushi – are warm reminders that I’m home."). There are other uber-cynical speeches that don't carry as well ("We all die alone"). Overall, though I enjoyed the movie and was glad it did not follow the formulaic hard-bitten-cynical-traveling man-finds-love story-line, I was, however, left with a feeling that there were better ways I could have spent my 1.5 hours of life.
Without giving up the plot, the big twist was a bit of a shock and with it...Clooney's character strikes off in a new direction. I don't think this is an edge of your seat mystery, just a sweet romantic movie. Ha, well romance and Clooney are a wonderful way to spend an evening. I would recommend this movie even if you are not a huge fan. Enjoy!