Thursday, December 31, 2009

Rover Film Review: Up in the Air



Up in the Air

Directed By: Jason Reitman (Juno, Thank You for Smoking)
Starring: George Clooney (O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Solaris)
Vera Farmiga (The Departed, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas)
Anna Kendrick (Twilight, New Moon)

Rating: R (Language and some sexual content.)
Running Time: 109 Minutes

Rotten Tomatoes: 89%

Review:
Jason Reitman's Up in the Air is a quiet movie. The sounds are those of conversation, quiet hotels, and plane flights. Ultimately, it conveys a good message but one in a film that is not for everyone.

Ryan Bingham ( George Clooney ) fires people for a living. He's constantly on the move and unconnected to his 'home', his family, anyone. Over the course of the film, he encounters two people, Alex Goran (Vera Farmiga) and Natalie Keener (Anna Kendrick) who challenge his smug detachment from humanity.

The film ends on a sad note, perhaps, and continues one major twist near the end, but ultimately provides some moral fiber. Bingham progresses from a selfish, narcissistic traveler to a relatively decent human being. The audience is lead towards concepts of what and who really matters in one's life. In the end, the human spirit of community is portrayed successfully.

Overall, it's an excellent film, with great acting and directing. However, for those expecting a Michael Bay or, even, Michael Mann film - one filled with action, excitement, explosions or even steady dialogue - Up in the Air will be a disappointment. For those wanting a first-class ride, Jason Reitman doesn't disappoint, building upon his excellent Juno and Thank You for Smoking.

4/5

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