Posted on 5/17/10 01:24 AM
---Top 10--- (10) Hands down, UP IN THE AIR is the best movie of 2009. It surpasses every other film in so many aspects... The movie doesnt appeal to every audience, to like it you either have to decipher the multiple layers it has- then you truly get an unforgetable experience, or you simply like it because it has a "cool" style its made in.
The movie talks about Ryan Bingham(George Clooney), who has a rather unusual job- he fires people for a living. He profits when everyone else is losing, he brings tears and hopelessness to people, but he likes his job...It makes him feel good, it makes him feel as if he performs a service for other people... I was amazed just how perfectly Clooney fit in with this character, I really believed that Clooney indeed fires people for a living in real life too. He plays Bingham as a mysterious character with his own life philosophy, he doesnt want a home nor a family, he prefers a life without having to carry the burden of a relationship a connection, he likes to travel light. When a plane captian asks him where he's from he anwsers, "I'm from here".
Vera Farmiga plays a woman called Alex Goran Bingham is having an affair with, they seem to share their philosophies, they both know that a serious relationship is something neither of them will commit to, and so they simply enjoy themselves. Anna Kendrick plays a young ambitious woman Natalie Keener who works in Binghams company because of her boyfriend. She is the opposite of Farmiga's and Clooneys character, she decided to give away a better future for the sake of her boyfriend, she believes love is important, Bingham doesnt. Natalie introduces a modernised way of doing Binghams job, firing people through skype- saves money. He sees this as a disgrace to his job, as something completely immoral, and there's the irony.
Reitman created that we come to care about. Why? Because we understand them, because we can relato to them, because we share their problems. This not only applies to the main characters but for nearly everyone in the move, the stories and roles of small people the movie was based on. We shae their hopes and we share their fears, and therefoe we accept what Reitham has been trying to tell us by this movie.
UP IN THE AIR is simply brilliant in so many aspects...
The movie has great soundtracks, great performances and great narrative way of storytelling. The film is "high-quality" in every technical aspect, if its the camera or editing... It is one of the richest films in terms of messages it wants to give the viewer. It has everything a movie of the year needs... Reitham is slowly becoming one of the greatest storytellers of our time.