Monday, January 18, 2010

Up in the Air

We'd both heard/read good reviews about Up in the Air, the new George Clooney movie, that we decided to give it a try. We were not disappointed. It's not Hollywood at all - quite off-beat actually. It doesn't really fit any genre - it's got a lot of humour, but it's not hilariously funny, and it's got a lot of sadness, but not too many tears. It's a bit like real life, with its ups and downs, and nothing works out like you expect, and yet you get carried by the flow of it all, whether you like it or not.

It's by the same director as Juno, so that gives you an idea of the feel of the movie - it takes its time in telling its story, and it lets you get acquainted with the various characters, they're all really lovable, despite their flaws and life choices.

It only won one Golden Globe, for best screenplay, probably because it doesn't fit into any one category. But I highly recommend it.

After the movie, we went to The Counter, a burger place in Dundrum Town Centre. The food wasn't bad, but I didn't see anything special in the place - quite industrial and very cramped - we had walked by it before the movie and people were queuing to get in. Service was slow (with a smile though) - our chips didn't arrive at the same time as the burgers - we complained, and in fairness they didn't charge us for the chips (€12 worth of chips - we had underestimated the size of the portions - I liked the sweet potato chips by the way). While the food was good, it served as a reminder of why we don't eat burgers and chips - we felt so bloated afterwards. And my skin is feeling all itchy today - probably nothing to do with it, but I can't think of anything else that's different (same clothes, washing powder, face cream - nothing different from the usual, and my chin and neck are really itchy!).

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