Movie Review – Up in the Air – Overrated

Up in the Air

Ryan Bingham, is a corporate downsizing expert whose cherished life on the road is threatened just as he is on the cusp of reaching ten million frequent flyer miles and just after he’s met the frequent-traveler woman of his dreams.

As I’ve mentioned before, around the time of the year when the Oscar nominations come out I like to try and watch as many of the nominated films as possible (like Hurt Locker & Avatar).

Another one of the list which seemed to be well received was Up in the Air starring George Clooney alongside Vera Farmiga.

It’s basically the story of Ryan Bingham, some people from his family and some people he meets along the way. Ryan Bingham is a man who travels a lot, hence the title of the movie..he lives his life ‘up in the air’.

And well that’s about it, nothing else much happens.

Clooney is looking older, but then again, he is 50 next year and well Vera Farmiga more than makes up for it by being slammin’ hawt.

George Clooney & Vera Farmiga - Up in the Air

He certainly looks better since he lost weight though and well in this film he’s once again just George Clooney being George Clooney. It get’s a little tiresome.

No doubt Jason Reitman is good, I really enjoyed Juno – but this movie…it was ok, enjoyable but very far from being great.

I found it very predictable, a little soppy and well what was the point really? Yah it’s another movie that explores the strenghts and weaknesses of human beings, somewhat of a character study.

But honestly? The characters aren’t that interesting and don’t really merit a study.

Honestly I find it massively overrated, I have no idea why it has 7.9 on IMDB and look fairly likely to enter the Top 250.

I’m not saying it’s a bad film, but I found it neither memorable nor particularly interesting.

Yah it’s worth a watch, but don’t expect much…because nothing really happens, and well the ‘things’ that did happen…I’d already guessed.

I give it an easy watching 6.5/10.




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14 Responses to Movie Review – Up in the Air – Overrated

  1. JD March 25, 2010 at 5:01 pm #

    Since my baby is out, havent been watching any movie for the past 3 months. I think it’s the longest run, hopefully can make it back to the movies soon.

  2. J2Kfm March 25, 2010 at 10:07 pm #

    haha, thanks for this. least i wont be pinching myself for missing this and went for Under the Mountain instead.

    Don’t ask why. =_=

  3. Kiran Kreer March 25, 2010 at 10:35 pm #

    Dont think its going to be any great. Like you said, nothing much.

  4. haze March 26, 2010 at 8:42 am #

    I find that Juno is overrated compared to Up in the Air, I guess its the complexity of the realism in the characters that struck me. Too many figurative meanings to describe in a sentence. but yeah, George Clooney is well really just George Clooney. All the actors seemed handpicked for the role, almost as if they are non-actors that got selected cuz of their similiarity to the characters they needed to portray. but oh well, not a movie that makes one feel good or leaves a deep impact.

  5. KY March 26, 2010 at 4:05 pm #

    last movie i watched was time traveler’s wife, emo max.

    fav this year’s how to train your dragon 😀

  6. Allen March 27, 2010 at 10:42 pm #

    I personally think he deserves an oscar just for the way he packs his suitcase .

  7. Matthew March 29, 2010 at 6:41 pm #

    Not really related to the post, but have you watched ‘Into The Wild’?

  8. ShaolinTiger March 31, 2010 at 1:36 pm #

    JD: Haha yah try and grab some time to catch up.

    J2Kfm: LOL I wouldn’t recommend Under The Mountain either..

    Kiran Kreer: Yah nothing special.

    haze: Juno was nice, better than this IMHO.

    KY: Need to watch teh dragons!

    Allen: Hahahah

    Matthew: Long ago dude, it’s a 2007 movie. Great flick tho.

  9. kenwooi April 3, 2010 at 2:03 am #

    read a lot of reviews regarding the movie, but i’ve never had the urge to watch it at all.. =)

    but if george clooney stars as batman, im going all out for it! =D

  10. ShaolinTiger April 5, 2010 at 3:58 pm #

    kenwooi: It’s ok, nothing special.

  11. Ian Yee April 8, 2010 at 2:32 pm #

    Couldn’t agree more. It wasn’t a bad movie, but it wasn’t great either. With all the hype around it, I was expecting something original and poignant (like The Terminal or something); but it turned out to be a rather sappy, predictable semi-romcom.

    That being said, it was still enjoyable and heart-warming. It had its moments. But definitely not Oscar-buzz worthy.

  12. ShaolinTiger April 15, 2010 at 1:38 am #

    Ian Yee: Certainly couldn’t keep up with it’s own hype that’s for sure.

  13. Obefiend May 3, 2010 at 2:50 am #

    obviously u have no taste

    u prolly like Michael Bay boom boom pow explosion film. its ok. not everyone is born with the mental capacity to appreciate well written and witty dialogue.some just like moving pictures and call it GENIUS

  14. ShaolinTiger May 4, 2010 at 6:13 pm #

    Obefiend: Yah obviously…just because your opinion differs from mine I have no taste? Well seen as though your statement already shows your complete lack of intellect I need retort no further 🙂