Saturday, January 30, 2010

Up in the Air

I was really excited about Up in the Air (2009) because:
1. The cast: Yes, there's George Clooney, but Vera Farmiga?! I love her, she is the best new actress around. And Anna Kendrick, who was in Twilight but is getting rave reviews for her performance in this, so that's gotta be special, right?
2. The director: Jason Reitman, director of one of my favourite movies Juno, hasn't put a foot wrong yet. Literally. I haven't seen Thank You For Smoking, but I hear it was good, and Juno was definitely good. So this had to be good too.
3. The reviews: I read a magazine and they called it the best film of the year. The stars out of five were always particularly high, so you gotta believe the critics!
So, did I like it?
Well, Up in the Air is about Ryan Bingham (George Clooney), a corporate downsizer (he fires people for bosses who cant do it themselves) who spends most of his life in a plane, and refers to an airport as his home. Nothing can stop him...until he falls for the frequent flyer woman of his dreams, Alex (Vera Farmiga). They continue to meet each other from airport to airport, and share a special bond over the amount of miles they fly each year. It seems he can't be grounded, but Natalie (Anna Kendrick) seems to succeed in doing that. She introduces a way to save money ad still do the job via computers and web-cams. That means Ryan will have a proper home.
There's only one word for Up in the Air--AMAZING! It's everything I could have hoped for in a movie, and exceeds even the highest expectations. In fact, I want to find everyone I know and tell them to watch this, because I know there is no way you could possibly hate it! George Clooney delivers the male performance of the year, and could hopefully bag the Oscar. Vera Farmiga is ultra-cool in this movie, and her performance makes me love her even more. Even Anna Kendrick is fantastic, and has a more promising career then all her Twilight co-stars put together. Jason Bateman, Melanie Lynskey, J.K Simmons and even Zach Galifianakis provide valuable support to these leads.
Up in the Air is a great movie, no wonder the critics are raving it. I really hope it can beat Avatar and get Best Picture at the Oscars.

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