Up In The Air Movie Review
After a revolutionary film “Juno” which dealt with issues on teenage pregnancy its director Jason Reitman presents a stylish adaptation of a novel written by Walter Kirn where the main character travels around US firing people on behalf of companies and as the nature of the job demands most of the time is spent by the character in the air flying from one destination to another. The movie is fun to watch with a crisp script, great performances and not to mention the ground realities of life which are well captured in this 110 minutes movie.
Ryan Bingham (George Clooney) is the man in the hot-seat who does the most difficult job of transitioning people from their offices. In the first scene when he introduces himself he tells that “He works for bosses who don’t have the balls to sack their own employees” and because of this he spends 322 days of the year in his job and the remaining miserable 43 days at home because he is not married and hence its miserable.In short he lives the life of a nomad to perfection. In one of his business trip he meets a blonde woman Alex Goran (Vera Farmiga) who over a casual chat on the miles each travels finally ends up in the bed with him and next thing they do is to check on their schedules checking the possibility of meeting up again in a same city. Ryan and Alex at the same time are clear in their relationship status that it is not going to lead them anywhere.
In Ryan’s office there is Natalie Keener (Anna Kendrick) the fresh entrant into office who with the exuberance of landing in her first job invents a new idea with the help of technology that helps the company save lots of money which is spent on travel of its executives like Ryan. Ryan and Natalie then go on a trip together to test the new technology and during their trip Ryan feels the need for him to have a family for himself and other things in life which he deemed unnecessary earlier.
When Ryan decides to meet Alex and convince her on becoming his life partner fate decides otherwise and he continues his journey and his lifestyle where he continues living out of a suitcase. George Clooney, Vera Farmiga and Anna Kendrick are fabulous in their roles and they fit into the characters to perfection. In fact George Clooney is also nominated for the Oscars in the best actor category for this role.
The transition of director Jason Reitman from Juno to this film is simply amazing and with a powerful script to support him he has done his role to perfection. The actors in the supporting cast who don the role of laid-off employees are very natural in their reactions for which director Jason Reitman has to be given special credit.
“Up In The Air” an interesting transition from the mediocre films.