Director: Jason Reitman | Rated: R | Review date: 6-Jan-2010
Up in the Air, Jason Reitman’s follow-up to the phenomenally successful Juno, stars George Clooney as Ryan Bingham, a man who’s career is based around ending those of others. His work takes him around the country firing individuals, though Ryan doesn’t seem to have a problem with it – in fact he is quite content with his lonesome lifestyle. I can’t say I’ve disliked Clooney in any movie even if the movie itself wasn’t great, and this is no exception. Clooney is superb and movingly captures his character’s sometimes depressing self-realizations. Anna Kendrick (Twilight; Rocket Science) impressed me as Natalie Keener, the young ivy-league grad who’s ambitions threaten to alter Ryan’s ideal system. The two had surprisingly great chemistry together and it’s no surprise that Kendrick is up for a Golden Globe, as she has a vast ability to play the sharp and funny-girl roles. Overall Up in the Air was brilliantly acted and directed and is a very appropriate film for the current times (which also makes the film very emotional at times).