Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Existentialism and firing

Caught the latest Clooney juggernaut, Up in the Air, this evening. Though I'd high hopes going in, I was still surprised at how good this was. From coinciding perfectly with the ongoing spate of downsizings, to its deft dodging of a pat conclusion, it didn't put a foot wrong for me. Though largely comedy, it engaged quite seriously at times with its portrayal of the personal loss caused by redundancy. And it also successfully juggled the existential vacuum of the central character's pared-down life without resorting to faux redemption. Most excellent.

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