In the oddest sense, I did want to watch this movie when it first came out, first of all because of the title and it looked interesting. And now that I've finally watched it I'm happy that I wasn't too far off. Well I didn't watch it because there was too many movies that came out that this movie slipped my mind, and recently came back.
I think this poster says it best in it's summation which is this;
But, I want to delve in this deeper.
The movie starts of with Clooney of course narrating his life and talking about his work. Which brings me to a point I wish to bring up, and it is that his work is kinda controversial and it is something you don't expect to have such an industry which is, the industry of aiding people in transitioning after being let go. And Clooney's character; Ryan Bingham, whose life surrounds his job and he actually kinda enjoys it in that, there are a lot of perks that come with it.
So you can understand when Kendrick's character comes in; Natalie, with a revolutionary method of doing the termination method, that Ryan challenges her in thinking about the personal part of it because in all it's terms, firing someone over the phone, or through the computer is kinda impersonal, and while it is already something bordering problematic in it's own way which is their jobs of firing people, there's something comforting to seeing the person face to face, which is, that the person firing you is not a coward in sitting behind a computer and doing it, and saying that it's all the same because it's not.
And while I understand a lot of Bingham's philosophy, it's the other philosophies surrounding it that do make a good counter argument of it. And the movie is kind of predictable with the love interest of Bingham as well; Alex, I mean, you kinda feel that something bad is going to happen to him because you know that his lifestyle doesn't allow it and his philosophy is so unfazed by the fact that people are interchangeable and they do come and go but with Natalie coming along and modernizing his work place, you can't help but feel that he wants Natalie to understand his industry and at the same time he feels redundant already which is basically the second act of this movie. But it's the third act that really gets to me because one of my early theories of how Bingham will be betrayed by his love interest came true, and that you could see him crushed. Because this is a man who lived his lifestyle to the 'T' and enjoys it and things change for him not only in one section but two, with his work slowly becoming redundant, and his own philosophies being challenged.
It takes a hold of you as well in the third act, and although awkward and unasked for, it kinda ties in to how Natalie quit her job, and it's understandable because, she knows if she stayed on she wouldn't be able to live with herself once she knows that she inadvertently killed a person, which is technically bordering depraved heart, just because the woman did tell her that she was going to kill herself, and it plays into the other terminated employees, telling how they coped with it. And by the end, it's Bingham who recommends, the new employee to employ Natalie because they do have a certain chemistry in that, they are polar opposites, not only because of the generation gap, but because of their thinking and their personal philosophy. But it's also arguable that as you grow older your perception tends to change as well,and how you take things upon yourself, and the goals you have start to just become dreams.
But what really gets to me is Bingham's character and as much as I hate that he flaunts what we already know that Clooney is this you know rich guy and all that, it's harrowing here, because we know this lifestyle is nothing more than feeding the loneliness that he feels because there's no one to tie him down and if there was, the point of his work would not allow it. And I think that's just it because after all that's happened he returns to what brought him there in the first place which is his work, and you can't help but feel maybe he's tired of it or maybe he doesn't want to do it anymore. Because by the end, you can see him crushed, you can see him unwilling to travel the world anymore just to fire people. And although he knows he is kind of helping people transition, it still is a haunting thing, and at the finale we are left with just that note.