Monday, January 11, 2010

Call me George Clooney! movie review

I must admit to you that George Clooney is one of my favorites. There’s something so charming, elegant and cheeky about him that makes me enjoy him on screen. To make my crush worse, in real life he is supposed to be a huge practical prankster that lives life to the fullest. Now that I got that off my chest, time for my movie review. You have to go and see his new movie, Up in the Air. If you loved the rawness and sarcasm of Juno and the realness of the characters then run, don’t walk, to the movie theater.

George Clooney plays the character Ryan Bingham who is in love with his job. Ironically his joy for his job is at other peoples expenses. His company is hired by other companies to fly around the country and fire their employees. Ryan seems to have a narcissist peace by not being tied down, living out of a suitcase and racking up frequent flier miles.

Before flying out to an assignment, I enjoyed watching Ryan pack his suitcase with army like precision. And his reasoning for choosing which people to stand behind in the security check point is hilarious. When his protégé Natalie joins him on the road to learn his job, he shakes his head at her choice of pulley suitcase. One of my favorite scenes is when Ryan takes Natalie to the closest airport suitcase store and encourages her to repack in a new suitcase. Frustrated, he throws out her neck pillow and bed pillow.

And just like in Juno there are hidden meanings to the movie about our economy and relationships. As you watch Ryan fire people you are reminded that they have mortgages, families, responsibilities and feelings. And then I wondered how Ryan can do this…for a living? As you get to know his character more, we discover his life is in the air, with no real ties to earth.

I enjoyed the twists and turns of this movie. The moviegoer feels connected to the characters and can relate the story to their own lives. Plus I felt inspiration to call my loved ones and appreciative of my job. Most people are going to see a little movie called Avatar, but try and see this little gem of a movie Up in the Air. Oh and George…I’m here anytime to discuss your work. Call me?

12 comments:

Jenn said...

He is someone who gets better looking with age. And how adorably sad was it when his pig passed and he was so heart-broken?

Jules said...

It was cute. I liked 'The Blind Side' better though.

Laura said...

Jenn: Ah I know. Maybe we can send him a card? xoxo

Laura said...

Jules: I haven't seen it, but will now. Thanx sweetie!

Char said...

i adore him too....i've wanted to see this.

birthday girl said...

i've been dying to see this one, but haven't had any time to get to the movies lately. hope i don't miss it- glad to hear you enjoyed!

Namine said...

I have been wondering if this would be a good movie. Glad to know it is!!

Laura said...

Char: It was really good. Let me know what you think, OK?

Laura said...

birthday girl: It was super cute, hope you get some free time soon. Sorry they are working you so hard!

Laura said...

Namine: Thanx sweetie and happy new year!

Girl Japan: April Marie said...

Those thigh highs are pretty hot.. wish mine would stay up.. maybe my legs are too chubby...

Morgan said...

Loved this movie. So well done. All three main characters were amazing. Already can't wait for it to come out on video!