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I loved it up in the air!
Up In The Air (DVD)
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Up In The Air (DVD)
Advantages: The story is good, easy to follow and George is in it!
Disadvantages: None for me
Film Only Review:
Ryan Bingham (George Clooney) is what is refered to in the buisness as a corporate downsizer. He spends most of his life in airports and on aeroplanes travelling all over the place (He's saving for 10000 airmiles!) and goes into buisnesses where for whatever reason the boss of that buisness is too cowardly basically to fire his workforce. He's also a motivational speaker, promoting a somewhat lonely existence that he prefers, he thinks of the airline as home and his little, empty flat more like a prison cell.
He's good at his job, fast and is happy with his rich living lifestyle when he meets a lady with the same kind of attitude to life as him, who is also an 'on the road person', in fact Alex (Vera Farmiga) is someone who also doesn't appear to do commitment but they soon give into their mutual attraction and start arranging their schedules so they can spend the odd night together, fun times no commitment.
However his employers have decided that sending people out on planes and paying them a salarie plus all the benefits they get isn't cost effective and pulled into the office Ryan gets to meet new recruit Natalie (Twilight's Anna Kendrick), someone who is really ambitious and has come up with the far more cost effective way of sacking people. Video conferencing the calls from a centre. Ryan is obviously gutted at this as he's isolated from his friends and family, the way he likes it and suddenly he may be stuck on the ground.
Ryan's boss though is determined that Natalie is right and demands that Ryan shows her exactly what he does and how. Hes suddenly teamed with not only an ambitious young woman but also a very emotionally charged one who believes in love and perfection, married and wanting kids. They are opposites.
Ryan takes her to many places, shows her lots of sackings, tries her video conferencing idea and it looks like its working out. However being around the hopeful Natalie does rub off on stone cold usually to emotions Ryan and he deecides to go to his sisters wedding and asks Alex to accompany him which she does.
He soon realises really though that although his family seem to love him, they don't need him and spending time with Alex just dancing and having company may be quite nice, maybe it wont be so bad to make some ties and feel emotion afterall?
However things don't always go to plan do they? Could it be that now is the time he wants to settle for some reason than to have to go flying again all over the place? Will he make his 10000 air miles up to show for all the hours he's spent flying and dedicated to his job? Will Alex want a life with him even if he wants one with her or is him changing the rules in their relationship and wanting more going to dampen things?
I loved this film. I am a George Clooney fan anyway and he's as dashing as ever in this and plays his aloof character well, and well me...I fell a little bit in love with Ryan. It made a nice change for a fillm not to go the way I predicted it would and so I was a little surprised at the ending. The music was unmemorable as were alot of cast members acting but its a nice enough film for a one watch, its humourous where its meant to be and at the end I couldn't help but feel a little sad so it pushed all my buttons I guess!
At 109 minutes long this film was just right for me, my mate and my bum and rated 15 it wasn't very explicit or anything either!
Summary: A good watch!