Finally saw it after such a long wait!
Ryan Bingham (George Clooney) racks up major miles flying around the country firing employees on behalf of companies. But he faces losing the job he savors to Natalie Keener (Anna Kendrick) — and losing the ability to escape emotional ties to anything. A connection he builds with Alex Goran (Vera Farmiga), however, might change his outlook on the future.
This is the one film when I first saw the trailer, was barely at all impressed. Then after awhile the film started to get huge press, and well finally I gave it a look.
This is the third film from Director Jason Reitman, who has also done Thank You For Smoking and Juno, and gives a lot of his usual trade marks. The writing from Reitman is just flawless as it hits every note right, and makes this film seem so believable. The writing is funny, dark, and also very real which brings a lot more appeal to the film.
The whole problem I had with this film was that the characters never really transform into better and different people. I mean at the end of the film we never see how Clooney has transformed, and the whole ending just ends up being a very awkward execution.
Clooney does bring back the charm that made us fall in love with him early in his career, but he doesn’t go so deep for me. Yeah, he is a guy that understands his job and life, but never shows that he is actually taking it seriously and more of as a joke. Farmiga and Kendrick are great as the supporting cast ladies, and add a lot more romance to the film that doesn’t quite seem needed.
The one thing I really liked about this film that actually does do it for me is that its drama element to the film is genuine. The message that Reitman is trying to show us, doesn’t feel so preachy, and helps the movie I think. This film applies to so much of how Americans are feeling with the falling economy and its just so fresh to get somebody bring this message up so well.
Consensus: Up in the Air doesn’t convey the emotional depth it could have, but features very realistic writing, and a message from Reitman that isn’t preachy as much as it is true.