Up in the Air

2010-02-09 09:25
 
Up in the Air

What it's about:

Ryan Bingham (George Clooney) is a corporate downsizing expert, a glorified term for someone who flies around the country, retrenching staff from companies whose CEOs would rather not get their hands dirty. Free from commitment to his personal relationships and his family, Ryan is well on his way to achieving his goal - 10 million frequent-flier miles. However, his livelihood is threatened when an efficiency consultant, Natalie (Anna Kendrick) proposes changes that will keep Ryan grounded.

What we thought of it:


It may boast a stellar cast, an Academy Award-nominated director (for Juno) and, well, George Clooney, but the look and feel of Up in the Air is very much like an indie flick. It tells a small, contained story that touches every walk of life because the characters themselves are ordinary people, who strive for the same simple pleasures that make life in a tough world bearable.

Ryan Bingham feels like a classic Clooney type of character. He is charming and well spoken, and seems in complete control of his life. Or so he thinks. Ryan is a man who avoids baggage in all forms – people, things, emotions – he'd rather spend the rest of his days in airport lounges, hotel bars and up in the air, than deal with any of the things that keep people committed to each other. Until he meets the beautiful and vivacious Alex (Vera Farmiga) on one of his business trips. Clooney and Farmiga make a gorgeous onscreen couple, made even more affecting by the electric chemistry between the two. It's great to see two mature, accomplished performances complement each other so perfectly.

At the heart of Up in the Air is a deeply intuitive, warm and an incredibly funny script, co-written by director Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner, which was adapted from the 2001 novel by Walter Kirn. And it's a movie that could not have come at a more appropriate time, as the economy continues to buckle across the globe and many people are facing the very real prospect of losing their jobs.

These issues are addressed with heart and sensitivity, and you'll be fighting back the tears and doubling up with laughter in the tension-filled scenes where Ryan tells a variety of ordinary, hard-working folk that their services are no longer required.

Up in the Air is a very special movie. There's an effortlessness and sweet charm about it that will appeal to a wide audience because, in some small way, it's the story of our times – we've all had to deal with tough times over the last year.

If you enjoyed movies like Little Miss Sunshine or Juno, then you'll feel right at home with Up in the Air. It's bound to make your day a whole lot brighter.


Genuine performances and a warm, funny script make this award-wining movie an absolute must-see.

Paul Rimbault 2010/02/01 2:00 PM
  • Rating:
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
What makes this film "award winning" Is it simply because an ageing George Clooney is in it? Icertainly did not find this a must see, but a pointless bit of drivel and a waste of 2 hours. If this is the kind of movie that is considered "award winning", I am sorry for the state of the Film Industry.
Merle Brown 2010/02/01 3:48 PM
  • Rating:
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
Good performance only by George Clooney. The the movie was far from a comedy - watching peoples lives crumble - including a suicide! Altogether very depressing.
PRESHEN GOVENDER 2010/02/03 8:23 AM
  • Rating:
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
They could of throw in a terrorist to spice thing up
Steve 2010/02/03 8:28 AM
  • Rating:
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
If you travel a lot or you are the one left behind, you will identify with this film. It's a comedy-drama. Don't expect belly laughs, but still worth seeing. If you don't travel a lot or spend time away from your loved ones, then you'll just be killing time. I do travel a lot, therefore I'm rating it very high..
Francois 2010/02/03 8:57 AM
  • Rating:
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
I'd have to agree with Paul on this one. I get what it is all about and I think that there was some moments in between that made it, well OK, but altogether it is nothing to write home abount really.
@ Paul 2010/02/03 2:59 PM
"ageing George Clooney"? You are either very young and have no idea how badly you may age or you are in your 40's and wish to God you looked that hot!! Chill with the jealousy
WrongLink 2010/02/03 5:41 PM
  • Rating:
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
So, where is the article : Meet Vera Farmiga The Oscar-nominated actress on God, George Clooney and Hollywood? This is a movie review but not what the link on News24 says it is - it is supposed to be an article about the actress - Vera Farmiga.
NEXT ON CHANNELX
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.