Posted on 12/25/09 07:17 PM
Up In The Air had a great story, characters, and comedic boost that took me on an amazing journey. The film touches on a subject that has been hitting this country pretty hard, unemployment. Up In The Air is about a man Ryan Bingham(played by George Clooney) who is a man who's job is to travel around the country firing people from their jobs. He basically has no home other than the hotel room he stays in that night, but things soon start to turn around for him. The film was a drama and had it's moments of comedy, like in Juno. As the film progressed from start to finish, I just loved this film more and more. I think this definitely has a chance at the Oscars and could even win Best Picture. With a great cast and great story, not much can go wrong. I had to sit in a packed theater and couldn't even get popcorn or a drink because the lines circled around the theater and that didn't stop me from enjoying one of the best films of 2009.
The acting was great. Normally, I never really liked George Clooney although I loved his role in Burn After Reading, but in this film Clooney gave an excellent performance worthy of some awards. His character Ryan was kind of a witty, charming, ladies man much like he is in real life, but he really inhabited that character and gave what seemed to be a performance from the heart. I had seen Vera Farmiga in Orphan earlier this year playing that powerful mother role and in this film she plays that sexy woman that every guy wants secretly. She played her character Alex quite well. I enjoyed her moments in the film and she really gave Clooney something to work off of. The role of Natalie is probably the best role that Anna Kendrick will ever get. She really did good as the goodie two shoes she played. She was one of the better parts of the film because she could be both dramatic and brought most of the comic relief to the film. I felt the acting in this film was superb.
The film was written brilliantly. A great original story that entertaining in every way. One of the most original scripts of the year. I hadn't seen really any movies like this. Reitman blended drama, comedy, and romance to create a very tasteful story with quirky characters and dialog. Reitmen has only written one other major motion picture which was Thank You For Smoking which I have not seen yet although seems like they could be similar. Each character was interesting and those actors better thank their lucky stars that they were sent this script. I loved the dialog between the characters as well. They seemed like they really had stuff they need to say rather than in some other films out this holiday season. Up In The Air was brilliantly written and could be the best screenplay of the year.
The direction be Jason Reitman was so amazing. I thought that he did a great job with this film. He has only directed two other films which are Juno which was a success and Thank You For Smoking. Even the shots for the opening credits scene were so beautiful and amazing and the way they were all edited together was brilliant. I think that Reitman's deserves an Oscar nomination for his direction. Being sort of an up and comer, Reitman's has definitely proved himself worthy among other directors. The shots he got in the film were so beautiful. It made me feel like I was standing right where the actors were. Not many films can do that. Reitman's direction shot this film up in the air in my eyes and I would say if you want to see a quality film. Go see this one.
Up In The Air was a very enjoyable experience. There were moments where I was laughing to the point where I couldn't breath and others where I felt extreme depression. This film has already been critically acclaimed and it deserves every bit of recognition it gets. Up In The Air was definitely worth the ten bucks I paid to see it. I was entertained the entire 109 minutes I spent in the theater. I also really enjoyed Zach Galifianakis's little cameo in the film. I thought he was hilarious in The Hangover and for the two minutes he was on screen, he made me laugh just as hard. So run out and buy a ticket to Up In The Air. It's worth it. TEN STARS!