‘Up In The Air’

I just finished watching ‘Up In The Air’. It is an exquisite movie. Great theme!! Great direction and great acting. It is really really good. Too bad I saw it so late in the day.

Spoiler Alert

The whole theme is about companionship. Clooney plays a man who has always been against carrying the baggage of any kind of a relationship – blood or otherwise. Eventually he meets someone who he feels he can discard his philosophy for. And then there is a twist. He goes from feeling the bliss of solitude and independence to feeling the need for companionship and the joy it brings. He is disappointed in his new quest and ends up like before – alone and up in the air, travelling light!

There is a scene in the movie where he earns 10 million miles and is made to meet a distinguished pilot. It is a moment he has dreamed about all his life. That is what he has been working towards always. He has been imagining it and practicing the conversations he would be having. All of it does not matter when the moment finally arrives. He can’t remember what he had prepared to say. He can’t feel the joy he anticipated. He can’t feel the excitement he thought he would because at that time his priority is something else. It is a powerful scene. Makes one realize that when the moment arrives, it may not at all be like we imagine it would be. Things which matter so much to us at this moment may not be worth it at the next moment. There is always something bigger – a connection which we all need.

The emotions in the movie are controlled and moderated like grown ups do. Excellent watch! Made my night!


The Dark Knight – Movie Review

..blew me away!! Every aspect of it. Each little and small thing. Kudos and thanks to the people who made it.

First off, the script is incredible. The plot, the story line, the themes, the ideologies , the way they have compared and contrasted people and ideas, it is all just too fantastic. Now, laying a creamy layer on the top of such a juicy base was the hands down award winning performances. Of course I do not need to tell you that Heath Ledger as Joker has outdone every villian in the history of film making. He has given a performance which is a landmark in acting. I can go on gushing about it forever and ever. I cannot even imagine that if he had not done it, how the character would have turned out. He has given so much credibility and truthfulness and authenticity to the character, that not for once did I think that someone was playing it. I believed in the Joker. Christian Bale off course is great as Batman but the movie was not about Batman. It was about so much more. It was as much about the Joker and the white knight, Aaron Carter, as about Batman. And I liked Maggie Gyllenhaal better that Katie Holmes in the character of Rachael Dawes.

When I had seen the first part, Batman Returns, I was hooked. I was sucked into the Batman series. Doing an analysis on it for a course only accentuated the interest, but “The Dark Knight”- it has taken the interest to whole another level. I am now officially a big big fan. What Christopher Nolan and the team has given to us is much much more than a wonderful film. They have shown us a new frontier of entertainment, a possibility of how well a thing could be done. The Dark Knight is superlative. It is transcendental. It has set new standards for superhero movies now.

I am eagerly awaiting the next installment but I know it is going to be long.

Harold and Kumar series

I had seen Harold Kumar go to Whitecastle a year ago and I was laughing so much that my stomach hurt.  Then yesterday I saw the second one -Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay. It was so funny and gross and a satire on American politics. It was bigger than the previous one but better? I have to say there is a tie.

Everything that can go wrong does and then unthinkable happens and they are on the run while we enjoy their situations. The unique thing is the casting. There is no major white actor and the lead actors are Indian and Korean. Every stereotype is demolished there and I just love it not only for the mindless comedy that it is but for the understated voice that lies beneath all the weed, nudity and weirdness.

People who are young at heart would do better to watch it.