Up in the Air

Clooney got to the airport and realised he forgot his passport!

This week in the Norman Mclaren filmhouse at macrobert we are showing Up in the Air, the new George Clooney film directed by Jason Reitman.

This film is nominated for 6 Oscars and has consequently been gaining a lot of attention in the press.

The film follows Ryan Bingham (Clooney) who works for an orginisation who deal in firing people. Bingham flies all over America breaking the bad news to the unfortunate employees. He revels in this lifestyle and has grown to love individual shampoos and recycled airplane air.

His lifestyle is called into question however, when the young and forward thinking Keener (Anna Kendrick) proposes a technological revolution for the company.

After writing down the premise of the film, I have just realised that it sounds incredibly dull. However please do not let this put you off. The magic and charm of the film does not come from interesting, action-filled set peices, but from the interaction between characters and the journey they go on.

The characters in the film are not obvious and do not interact with each other in a predictable manner, and consequently you find your attention held throughout.

I found it refreshing that there was no obvious hook to the film, you cannot explain it all in a witty tag line and an eye catching trailer. The film takes its time and wins you over through its whole course. The film is incredibly funny with the mundane backdrop to the story, intensifying comedy moments.

Up in the air is at macrobert until Thursday evening this week, and is definately a must see.


About macrobert
macrobert arts centre offers an exciting programme of events that welcomes everyone. Choose from a fantastic programme of live events including theatre, dance and music. There is also a full cinema programme with films showing to suit all ages and tastes. There are lots of fun activities for children and young people: creative factories, supervised arts and craft sessions in treehouse, tailor made birthday parties, and youth theatre and dance groups. TICKETS AND INFORMATION LINE 01786 466666 You can also follow macrobert on Facebook , Twitter and Bebo. For special offers and to get all the macrobert news first, sign up for our weekly e-bulletin via www.macrobert.org.

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