A Film Review Up In The Air (2009)

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Up in the Air

"You may not always have your job, so make sure it's not the only thing in your life"

- Eric D. Snider -

"Up in the Air", directed by Jason Reitman, is an uplifting dramedy (which is a mixture of drama and comedy), but it also represents a corporate satire. It actually highlights the bitter society in America, and mocks the way corporate bosses manage employees' dismissal; more accurately, it displays human fallout over job loss. ...view middle of the document...

Bingham lives neither home nor away, more like in the middle of "somewhere". He spends more time in transition, at airports and hotels; than at home. Ryan likes the 322 days of the year he spends travelling, with only, what he describes as "43 miserable days at home". The dream is to collect ten million frequent flyer miles and he is rapidly getting close to it.

At a first glance, we get an impression that Bingam's life is fulfilled by traveling and being the most successful person in his profession. He does not want a home, he does not want a wife. Bingham is completely satisfied with not being bound by marriage, not even relationships, while he is flying over the country, doing his job and also holding seminars about self-help lectures on how to get rid of the burden in your life. He is charming, yet manipulative, well-rehearsed and always in control, devoid of real empathy for his "victims", focused on his own success. No wonder all the workers go quiet when he steps into a company; it automatically means someone is about to get fired.

Natalie Keener, an ambitious new colegue, arrives at Ryan's company, after recently graduating at a business school. Natalie has an idea that people could more easily be fired via the Internet than in person. This idea sounds ruthless, but it would save the company millions of dollars. Ryan hates the idea, since it would jeopardize his work place, meaning that his way of life would have to end. Natalie is the kind of a person who is armed with theoretical knowledge but short on real-world experience, unlike Ryan. He believes that the personal touch is essential to his line of work, and they set off on the road so they can prove whether their ideas work.

However, when Rhyan meets Alex Goran, a female "fellow-shark", in a hotel lobby, they start a physical, long-distance relationship in separate cities. This is where an emotional dillema emerges in his mind. Do this kind of life and emotional detachment really make him happy? He starts asking himself what is life really about and even brings his bachelor life in question, despite the fact that Alex appears to be a female version of himself, at least in terms of commitment. Both Natalie, whose boyfriend has just dumped her, and Ryan's unhappily married older sister, remind him that he needs to grow up and settle down. When he gets invited to his younger sister's wedding and takes Alex with him, Ryan realizes how emotionally detached he is and comes to a conclusion he should change his way of...

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