Up In The Air
Up In The Air – Movie Review
Ryan Bingham’s job is to fire people from theirs. The anguish, hostility, and despair of his “clients” has left him falsely compassionate, living out of a suitcase, and loving every second of it. When his boss hires arrogant young Natalie, she develops a method of video conferencing that will allow termination without ever leaving the office – essentially threatening the existence Ryan so cherishes. Determined to show the naive girl the error of her logic, Ryan takes her on one of his cross country firing expeditions, but as she starts to realize the disheartening realities of her profession, he begins to see the downfalls to his way of life.
Up in the Air is Jason Reitman’s realization of a decade-old dream. It’s based on a book he found 10 years ago and wanted to produce and feels, because Juno and other things intervened that he has a new chance to do it and is now doing it now. I think that it was a great idea that things got stalled. The universe really worked it out in his favor. George Clooney has never been better as a single man with no ties who fires people, is the hired gun that is flown in to fire people. It’s his best role. The talking heads who talk about being fired who are actual people who are found through Craigslist ad in the Detroit area. It has particular resonance now. It’s actually a very thought-provoking, good movie. Vera Farmigna has never been sexier, and this is a really good movie. Four stars.