Up in the Air - a depressing and witty comedy


Up in the Air (USA, 2009)

Seen: Wednesday, 3rd March 2010 (cinema)
Runtime: 108′
Director: Jason Reitman
Cast: George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick
Production House: Paramount Pictures, Cold Spring Pictures, DW Studios, Montecito Picture Company, The, Rickshaw Productions, Right of Way Films
Plot: (from imdb)

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.


Rating: 0 (Ok)
I almost gave this one a -1, but in the end felt that would have been too harsh. It didn’t bore me or annoy me and I did enjoy watching it on some level. But I also found it sort of depressing and it’s generally not my type of movie. I’m starting to feel I should have had two zero marks instead of one - a -0 and a +0 ;-P A film very rarely is an exact 0…

Impressions In Short
It’s one of those clever American indie films with very witty dialogue.

More About the Film
I found it depressing - the moral of the story (in my eyes anyway) was that if you lead a very aggressively independent sort of life then you’re going to be unhappy and if you lead a very steady, family-orientated life you’ll be unhappy as well. Basically, you’re screwed either way :]
It definitely was amusing and it did have something to say about how people live and relate to each other nowadays. So from that angle I enjoyed it, but overall it just wasn’t my kind of movie. It’s one of those little films, which watches well because of its cleverness and wittiness rather than because you fall in love with the characters. And I’m one of those people that like to fall in love with characters :]

Er…. yes… I think a lot of people will like this. Certainly, if you like indie American films with witty dialogues and clever stories then you’re likely to enjoy this. If you’re like me and prefer the more character-driven kind of plots you’re probably not going to be into it that much.

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