Up in the Air

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English 105
Feeder 3.1
Living in Isolation
In Jason Reitman’s Up in the Air a traveling businessman, Ryan Bingham, played by George Clooney, uses traveling as his way to escape reality. Bingham avoids all types of human relationships and isolates himself from his world . After getting to know a young uand–oming (connect those words with a -) co-worker at his firm, Natalie, he realizes there is more to life than sky miles, airports, and hotels. Because of this awakening and an epiphany at his sister’s wedding, he decides to pursue a romantic relationship with a woman he thinks he loves yet only to find out she has been deceiving him. Bingham tries to move on with his life and get back in the air, but the final scene portrays him as a sad and empty individual who finally realizes the extent of his self-imposed isolation. redundant The focus of the camera along with quick cuts and varying camera levels in the second scene portray how Bingham has successfully compartmentalized his life, leading to?? now that I think about it, is it, rather, than the compartmentalizing that he learns on his job leads to this in his life? Or just that he his able to compartmentalize and dislocate himself in all aspects of his life – work and love? I think you can hone this thesis more, but for now it’s fine the compartmentalization and dislocation of difficult emotions that result from his job so much so that he no longer knows how to unpack these compartments of his life and enjoy the pieces all put together.. Good, but now add a “so what?” – why does Reitman want to show this?
In the second scene of the movie,Bingham once again packs his suitcase in order to travel to another city to perform his job of delivering bad news to clients. In this scene, Bingham quickly packs his bag before heading to the airport and Reitman uses shallow focus to show how Bingham is adjusted to his lifestyle of loneliness. As Bingham packs his suitcase, the audience sees the hotel bed with all his



Cited: Up in the Air. Dir. Jason Reitman. Screenplay by Jason Reitman. Perf. George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, and Anna Kendrick. Paramount Pictures, 2009

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