Up In The Air Review

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If you think about it, your favorite memories, the most important moments in your life… were you alone? – Ryan Bingham

Jason Reitman’s Up in the Air is about Ryan Bingham (George Clooney) a corporate downsizer and a motivational speaker-author whose constant travels around America will be put to end because of an idea by a new co-worker Natalie Keener (Anna Kendrick). So, he takes her on a trip across America to demonstrate to her how important it is to fire employees in person. Meanwhile, he arranges constant hook-ups with another constant flier Alex Goran (Vera Faramiga) and his developing feelings towards her makes him reconsider his anti-commitment stand.

The acting in this movie is brilliant. George Clooney is the perfect man around. It is just great to just watch him in a movie, and if he acts well, all the better and he does that in this movie. He is Ryan. Vera Faramiga is lively and very lovable, and gives a very controlled performance in this movie. She is perfect as Goran and she is a character that I adored from the start but not till the end because of the big revelation. Although she got Oscar nominated for the performance, there are some scenes in which I found Anna Kendrick to be melodramatic. But the best performance was of J.K.Simmons in that few minutes he was one on the screen. He just takes your breath away.

The screenplay of this movie is based on the novel ‘Up in the Air’ and so it was brilliant. Rarely have I seen a movie which hides the message within it so deep inside it and gives you some portions of it throughout but gives you the key in the end. If Fight Club had delivered its message like this flick did, I would have ended up loving it.

The movie deals with the issue of commitment and shows Clooney as the a guy who loves his job. He loves firing people, he loves travelling, and his only aim is to hit 10 million miles. It is not a anti-commitment movie, I loved the point Clooney uses to highlight the defects of commitment which made sort of questioning commitment and withing two hours changed my opinion. The movie reflects the importance having someone, children or wife anyone to just share your life with. The movie is hilarious and has superb dialogues.

The movie is directed by Jason Reitman , who made ‘Juno’ which I will be publishing a review of soon. He optimizes the one-sec scenes to illustrate the life of the people literally living out of a suitcase. The movie is not meant to make you laugh nor cry, it is meant to make you think. The most fascinating scene in the movie is of Ryan explaining Natalie about how they can save 168 hours a year at a airport. That scene just reflects that the airport is his home, it is the only thing that he cares about and that is the only thing he feels a connection with. I loved the scenes of Ryan handling employees. They are super-realistic. In the beginning of the movie, Steve (Zach Galifianakis) asks Ryan, “Who the fuck are you? ” It appears that Ryan himself doesn’t know the right answer and nor do we. We arrive to our conclusion at about the end of the movie and then that mysterious ambiguous ending puts us back in the enigma.

Up In The Air is one of those few movies which has been able to deliver the messages it wanted to deliver. Complied by the brilliant acting performances and smart dialogue and a layered screenplay, Up In The Air is an awesome flick.

Rating : 9.1 / 10

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