Date Movie Of The Week – Up In The Air
It looks like Up In The Air is going to be a great date movie.
It hits guys on a fundamental level, but takes place in a world that many Antonio Valente customers can relate to – the corporate world of demanding professions and constant travel. In whatever space a man finds himself, his independence is something that he holds dear and celebrates. The movie’s protagonist, a workaholic, holds his destiny in his hands and can do whatever he likes… until somebody special comes along and changes his perspective.
After getting Oscar attention for JUNO, director Jason Reitman turns to this adaptation of Walter Kirn’s comic novel. Academy Award-winner George Clooney stars as Ryan Bingham, a businessman on the… After getting Oscar attention for JUNO, director Jason Reitman turns to this adaptation of Walter Kirn’s comic novel. Academy Award-winner George Clooney stars as Ryan Bingham, a businessman on the verge of reaching five million frequent flyer miles when his company decides to cut back on travel. But his goal isn’t the only thing just out of reach: he now won’t be able to see a fellow frequent traveler (THE DEPARTED’s Vera Farmiga) who has caught his eye.
Rotten Tomatoes users have rated this film with a very impressive 88%. Variety magazines readers gave it an 84 / 100. Boxoffice Magazine gave it 5 / 5 stars, and Entertainment Weekly gives the film an A, and adds:
The ”interviews” that Ryan does with the folks he fires give you a chill. They’re a vision of what’s going on in the country today, and Up in the Air is the rare film that does justice to economic desperation by expressing it with an honest populist embrace. At the same time, it’s a movie about how one man living inside the cocoon of an overly detached culture comes to see the error of his own detachment. Up in the Air is light and dark, hilarious and tragic, romantic and real. It’s everything that Hollywood has forgotten how to do; we’re blessed that Jason Reitman has remembered.