Mar 8, 2010

if you lost your way, this may be a good film for you

and for people who is looking for an alternative direction in living your life. I must say I was really up for the What's in your backpack philosophy until I felt disappointed with Clooney's character change of mind at the end.

The feeling was like how you admire a public figure or someone's image from the outside until you know that they're human. Timely example: Tiger Woods.

Up in the Air tells you there's no perfection in life even if you're looking as good as George Clooney in his 40s. Or as bright-eyed graduated-top-of-the-class, dynamic like Natalie (Anna Kendrick) or as a seemingly strong, gorgeous, middle age woman like Alex (Farmiga).

Perfection is different at every age or person. Perfection is acceptance of human flaws.

One thing you do really learn is to travel light and always line up behind Asian businessmen.

I enjoyed journey-ing with Clooney's character, Ryan Bingham. He was a cold and insensitive character with all the wrong reasons for being detached from the world. He surrounds himself with a lot people but always not available.

He's the character you will envy at first because you have all this relationships, work, money, debt issues and you see a guy with a career, glamor perks with American Airlines, a fast paced life, no rental to worry about, no wife no kids; well, no responsibility.

Then you see the subtle loneliness but a lot of justifications or self-talk was needed to keep him "sane" until two characters came into his life; Natalie(Kendrick) and Alex (Farmiga).

And then came his sister's wedding, and he found himself in a whirlwind marriage where he was given a reality check about what life is all about? For a man that does not believe in attachment like marriage, it was the beginning of his turning point.

You see more marriages failing, more people losing their jobs than getting a bonus, and then you hear people telling you that is life because you are meant to go through it, all; study, get good grades, work, have a family, till 65, retired, and die. And then you start wondering, is it worth it? Is this life? Is this how it's supposed to be?

Up in the Air is a movie that covers all aspects of life. It's timely, funny, dramatic, reality with the exception of really good looking actors in it. It talks about success; and success is going through failure to failure without losing the enthusiasm.

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