Sunday, January 10, 2010
Up in the Air
All these great reviews of the movie were definitely true, and I really didn't expect anything less of George Clooney and Vera Farmiga. The latter I simply adore for no obvious reason other than she is a great actress without being a celebrity. The former is, oh well, he is George Clooney, the sexiest man alive, any movie with him is worth watching simply because of his smile. AND he is also a great actor! Haha
But back to the movie. Very original, despite this whole corporation theme, which starts to freak me out already. Maybe because of my age, maybe because I grew up in Russia and not in the US, the cradle of capitalism, but I never realized what a big deal this corporate relations/culture/life was. If not in the whole world, but here, in America, CEOs and business people rule the game, which is quite scary. Just remember “Duplicity” and “Deception."
“Up in the air” starts out very depressingly too, with George Clooney playing the guy who is hired to fire people. Indeed the movie talks about the worst time for American economy-2008, when thousands of people were fired every month. Yet, at the same time, “Up in the Air” talks about different people, their different lives and their different views of lives, represented perfectly by 3 main characters played by Clooney, Kendrick, and Farmiga. You can make your pick: who are you, a fresh college graduate with naïve and idealistic view of life, a hard-core realist middle-aged business man or a cold-hearted business woman, who claims herself to be Clooney's character just with a vagina? Three very different perspectives, and different characters who evolve and will surprise you! Moreover, “Up in the Air”, although being a comedy, is definitely not a romantic comedy whose predictable endings are so annoying, it has a drama element and an ending that will surprise you. Going back to people who got fired. The movie reminds you that family, (not a career, money, or a social status ), is the most important thing, something that really matters and that will get you through even the toughest times of your life.