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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Up in the Air

Watched Jan 17th
Review requested by Leslie Datsis,

Directed by Jason Reitman Starring: George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick

He said:

As our first review request we both entered this theatre with high expectations and I am really happy to say that I, myself at least really enjoyed this film. A unique idea told with a clever story. While it doesn't come as much of a surprise that Juno director Jason Reitman has a unique view on what many would consider the tired genre of romantic comedies. Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner’s adaptation of Walter Kim’s novel is brilliant. There is a lot of heavy stuff going on in this film, yet the film itself manages to avoid selling itself short, by not being cheaply sentimental or emotionally manipulative. I really enjoyed this film and can not think of any reason why you would not. I give it {{{{4.5 out of 5}}}}

She said:

I really enjoyed this film not only for the clever storytelling but also the slick editing that married with the plot. The sharp cuts, especially during the introduction of Clooney's character, matched really well with his charming and suave character.

Despite being early on in her career, Anna Kendrick held her own against Clooney and Farmiga. There was a good investment in her character by the writers where they could have easily pushed her right to the background. In actual fact it is her character that is the catalyst for Clooney evaluating his life. She therefore played quite an integral part and I was impressed by her honesty in the role (comedic crying aside).

For what seems at first glance to be a romantic comedy this film ends up in a different place. The main subject is about employment (as you see form the trailer Clooney's job is to fire people) and it is this that makes you consider the way you live your life and what your goals and aims really mean. But not in the crap cheesy way. In the slick Clooney way.

I rate this film <<<4.5 out of 5>>>

They said:

If you like funny films that have a heart - and let's face it who doesn't? - then we recommend you see this. We give this film a combined rating of 9 out of 10.

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