Monday, January 18, 2010

Up In The Air Movie Review 91

Up In The Air stars George Clooney as Ryan Bingham who is a guy that companies bring in to fire their employees when they don't want to do the dirty work themselves. He spends almost the whole year flying from city to city trying to fire people in a nice way if that's possible! He tells them it's a new opportunity to rekindle their childhood dreams and he puts a positive spin on it!

When his boss, Craig Gregory played by Jason Bateman decides that they should now use video conferencing to fire people, Bingham's days are numbered. He loves the travelling and not being tied down so he does not like the new idea. Natalie Keener , who is played by Anna Kendrick has developed the new technology but has no practical experience of firing people. So, she travels along with Ryan as he flies from city to city firing people.Clooney's character meets a female equivalent who flies all the time and arranges to meet her when they are in the same area for sex. They both like it that way as there are no strings attached. When Natalie questions Ryan's lifestyle, he wonders if he is missing out on something after all.

There are cameos from Sam Elliott, Zach Galifianakis and J.K. Simmons and the story meanders along. It doesn't excite you and it just barely keeps you interested if at all. Nothing much happens other than all the different people's reactions to being fired and it all ends with a whimper in my opinion. This is another of George Clooney's attempts at an Oscar gong but it is much to slow and boring for me. Some people will love this movie and some will hate it. I think that you will know already by the description if you will like this or not. I like a bit of action or something like that in these movies to liven them up a bit but there is none of that here.One plus in the movie is Anna Kendrick as she is very nice looking but that's about it!! I would avoid this one if you like action movies, but if, on the other hand, you like slow burners, then you may love this! Again, I think you will know already if you like this kind of thing! It's just not my bag, baby!!(That's my quote from Austin Powers of course!!!!)

Up In The Air- 2/10


goodreadwatch said...

I liked the first 3/4 of this movie. Like many others the love story and predictability took over. The firings were funny and the motivational speeches were motivational to me. I enjoyed your review.

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