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Friday, February 12th, 2010
|Well Written Article in Defense of Well Acted Movie
Let’s be honest here. If 2009 were a normal year, I wouldn’t be writing this article. People wouldn’t be tripping all over themselves to criticize Up In The Air. George Clooney’s latest would be a generally well-received borderline Oscar contender, prophesized to get three or four nominations, maybe surprise experts and win one. The movie just has that feel about it. It’s really beautiful in a lot of subtle, underwhelming ways, and upon its initial release, most cinemagoers seemed to agree. But 2009 was not a normal year.
It would be easy to hate him; it would be easy to write him off as yet another selfish introvert who’s shut out those who loved him, but behind George Clooney’s smug, likeable eyes, Ryan Bingham’s isolation seems more like a well-thought out choice than a defense against the world. There’s loneliness, sure, but there’s also uninhibited adventure. Ryan Bingham knows he’s different, isolated, but maybe that’s not such a bad thing? Up In The Air never judges Ryan for his outlook, it just watches, trusts George Clooney to present a realistic enough portrayal to let viewers decide for themselves.
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