Becky and I went to see new movie Up In The Air on Christmas Eve while we were in Arizona and the kids went to see the new Alvin and the Chipmunks movie. They loved it by the way. The Fandango website at Up In The Air describes the movie as follows:
“From Jason Reitman, the Oscar® nominated director of “Juno,” comes a comedy called “Up in the Air” starring Oscar® 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 just after he’s met the frequent-traveler woman of his dreams…”
Up In The Air is another strange George Clooney flick and he’s starting to get typecast for whacky films. This movie is kind of a dark comedy or psychological drama I guess is another way to describe it. It’s about this character, played by Clooney, who’s job is to fly into different cities around the country and fire people on behalf of companies.
Up In The Air is a very deep movie. It’s one of those films that you’re not sure if you like it while you’re watching it, but after you leave the theater and start thinking about it, you go “Wow”. For example, he has a goal to get a certain number of frequent flyer miles and when it finally happens for him, it was more like having another birthday after you’re in your 40’s – a bit of a let down. His character totally has his identity in his job and it shows how most people do that he’s firing as well, which is a real eye opener.
He has this young girl who comes to work for his company and she’s a go getter who really believes in the power of technology. There’s a number of really funny and ironic parts in this film Throughout the film you discover that most of these “average” people have “above average” problems, especially in the area of their relationships and their work.
There are plenty of surprises in this movie and the story is very good and you’ll probably either really like this film or not. If you like “different” movies, you’ll really like this because it’s different and like I said, if you analyze it afterwords you’ll go, “that was cool how they did that” with plenty of symbolism and situations that most people can relate to.
We went with Becky’s Mom Betty and my sister Barbara and they didn’t like it that much.
John – *** Worth The Trip
Becky – *** Worth The Trip
Barbara – ** Rental
Betty – *** Don’t Bother
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