Saturday, January 2, 2010

What I Think of: Up in the Air (2009)

This 2009 dramedy starring George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick, and Jason Bateman is about a man named Ryan Bingham (Clooney), who travels around the U.S. to various companies to lay people off on behalf of said companies. Bingham is good at his job, he is business-like in his delivery but provides sensitivity and advice fit for each individual (though real or fake, you can never quite decide).

Along the way, he trains a new college graduate, Natalie (Kendrick) who lacks the understanding of what his job entitles, meets a woman named Alex (Farmiga) who he has a "casual" relationship with, and gets ready for his sister's wedding. You soon learn that Bingham loves to travel and has mastered it to an art form, travels over 300 days out of 365 days of the year, and is out of touch with life at home (his physical home and his metaphorical home known as family). He lives a lonely life surrounded by strangers and slowly he learns the type of things he's missing out in life. At first you think Bingham is a jerk and a bit too egotistical for his own good but then you start having a soft spot for him. This truly shows the transition in the film, and in Bingham's life.

This is a smart comedy that also takes a deeper look into someone's psyche. After leaving the movie theater, the more I thought about it, the more I was convinced that it was a perfect film. The story had a good message, it was not predictable; great acting; good pacing and direction. I highly recommend this film so bring your lunch from home because you do not want to miss this. This is an "advanced" review but please check out next week's podcast for our full review. Yes, I did say next week, I don't think we'll be able to record this week. Hope everyone had a great new year's and enjoy the Up in the Air trailer.

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