That calm regard, an enveloping if resigned attitude filled with earned sympathy and modesty, helps one in everything. Might not get you so far as ambition might, but will definitely make life easier and somewhat more bearable… and it’s probably as close to “real” as you could get to in life.
So, watched that movie, Up In the Air, starring George Clooney and the radiant Vera Farmiga (who was the perfect cast for the warm, un-overbearingly maternal (which is an oxymoronic holy grail) ideal woman). It was very enjoyable. Great editing. Can’t think of one moment where I did not feel like watching it. Just enough clearly-self aware comedy, and a narrative told in a tone that knows its place yet is neither jaded nor maudlin.
A friend pointed out the conference sequence as a favourite moment, and yes, that was a perfectly timed breath of fresh air both in the plot and as a standalone sequence. It captured, especially in the wet-footed-horde-of business-professionals-running-in-from-a-cruise-ship-post-a-power-outage scene, a rare moment in adult life that resembles the best college memories, fresh and alive. It was refreshing, and while it did remind one of times gone by, it did not linger in sentimental nostalgia. This is what I liked so much about the way this movie was told/edited. Each shot, character, and element of the plot fit into the whole, and none was self-indulgent. It might not have been the most innovative story telling or an impressive narrative, but it was a neat and intelligently story told in a genuine and grown-up–in the best sense, as described above–tone. I guess Clooney’s acting had much to do with that.
So, yeah. Enjoyable all around. The fall from grace of the Perfect Woman, from an undemanding Madonna to a joyriding Adultress was hard, though none too unpredictable, and it broke my heart for him. But again, that heartbreak itself wasn’t the point. It was a wake-up call, one that was much needed, and it felt real. I hope he finds “home” soon, somewhere amidst the 275 days a year of travels…
There was also some good music & smart cinematography. Wedding sequence was quite nice in this regard, even though it could have been so cheesy in so many ways. The movie saved itself from many of these pitfalls by just being smart and not overly self-indulgent.
The message is nothing groundbreaking, just as the movie itself, but perhaps so for a reason. Hackneyed truisms are hackneyed for a reason. With the normally necessary everyday armour of sarcasm and cynicism set aside, in a knowing, purposeful way, those hackneyed messages do carry a resonance of truths–such as that family and relationships are what makes life bearable, such as that it’s easier to travel with someone than alone. [I almost wrote “with a “co-pilot””, threw up a little in my mouth, and decided to go with “someone”. More in the spirit of the film anyway.]
Conclusion was.. it was ok, and well, yeah. Leaves you calm and real. Not too elated, not too shaken, not too raw, just calm and resigned. But maybe with some realistic confidence and understanding.
P.S.: Clooney looked fucking amazing in so many of his outfits. Ok, practically everything he wore. Favourite item: Ashen-coloured long coat. Awe.Some. Why does this guy have the most amazing ratios (ok legal types, stay away from the pun, please)? Most amazing legs, and the perfect figure for suits. His face is also very symmetric.
God, that was some dirty piece of writing. Does not leave me feeling very neat. Oh well. It’s 3:20 in the morning… I should definitely get to bed.
I told my friend how my “blog” posts are basically a mishmash of sentences from chats with friends, and that is so true. Also it is effing late so I am going to go to sleep. My skin is messed up now, and I really need to work out. 6 days or something until my birthday, and looking like s as ever. What the eff. A little stressed about a friend staying over for 4 days, with all the s that is going on, but will be ok — will handle it in an “adult” manner.
Ok. It’s kind of ok being 25 going on 26. xo.