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With a job that has him traveling around the country firing people, Ryan Bingham leads an empty life out of a suitcase, until his company does the unexpected: ground him. (via IMDb)
What I Liked
- I like George Clooney a lot, and I find him extremely watchable (a trait I value a lot in actors). He’s a very good actor, but it’s never a strain watching him, it always feels easy. He’s on his usual top form here, playing a character who doesn’t feel that different to the man himself; flying around being great at his job but not wanting to commit to a long-term relationship.
- Anna Kendrick, similarly is always good value for money. She always manages to be a bright spot in everything she’s in.
- I love a film where the character goes back to their hometown, particularly an American one. There’s something unique about an American person’s relationship with their hometown, and I never tire of seeing it played out in films.
- It feels like a film of its time; the scenes in which Clooney’s character Ryan sacks people (for this is his job; flying around the world and telling people their services are no longer required), are painfully real, and 22 of the people shown are real people who lost their jobs. The irony of Ryan becoming expendable as Anna Kendrick’s Natalie devises a way for his job to done via video chat is not lost, either.
- The ending isn’t the usual neat conclusion we usually get from a romcom, and that’s probably because this isn’t strictly a romcom. It makes a pleasant change for things not be neatly tied up in a bow.
What I Didn’t Like
- I have to say that the general feeling I was left with when I had finished watching Up in the Air was one of overall dissatisfaction. I can’t even put my finger on what it was exactly; I just didn’t enjoy it as much as I expected. Maybe I was expecting too much from a film that was nominated for a lot of Oscars.
- Despite saying that the ending was refreshingly different, maybe that was part of the problem. It is nice to see things play out slightly differently, but there’s a reason that I always go back to romcoms, and that’s because they follow a designated pattern, and there’s something so satisfying in seeing that play out.
- I don’t really like Vera Farmiga. I’ve just never been able to warm to her. I am not sure what it is about her, but I found her supremely annoying in this film.
- I guessed the two main outcomes of the film: that Alex would turn out to be married and that Ryan would give his air miles to his sister and brother-in-law. I’m not saying that this makes me a genius (I don’t think they were that hard to spot), but it definitely left me feeling a little deflated.