Vera Farmiga as Alex, is a beautiful as she is dark, and as sexy as she is ugly. Completely void of human connection and emotion, even from his two sisters, one of which is getting married, Ryan seems completely content with his choice of living. Detached from his family for years as the brother that exists but cannot be counted on for anything, he contemplates whether he should, or really wants to, attend his sister's wedding? The film, the best I've seen all year and one of the best of the decade, captures many of the factors that made this decade the worst one, at least in my 42 years. It's one of the most divisive and structurally brilliant supporting turns of the year. The film sounds depressing and in many ways it is, but it is also witty, quietly hilarious at times, and full of pathos when it becomes a morality piece near the middle and like the best morality pieces, it doesn't shove its message down your throat.Next
Amy Morton and Melanie Lynsky, who play Ryan's sisters, are valuable and sufficient enough to book end a wonderful tale. Simmons as two corporate employees who's jobs have been eliminated. The film, based on the book of the same title, is a moving and witty piece of cinema. George Clooney, who's having one hell of a year along with his other comedic turn in The Men Who Stare at Goats, gains sympathy and emotion from the viewer, which up until now, Clooney had always struggled for. And there is no better film to wrap up a frankly terrible decade in terms of news events, unemployment, the economy, the media stronghold, the trashing and dumbing down of American culture, technology, narcissism, vanity obsession, a divided nation, violence and hostility than Up in the Air. Young and confused about life in the big world of adulthood? Synopsis Ryan Bingham is a corporate downsizing expert whose cherished life on the road is threatened just as he is on the cusp of reaching ten million frequent flyer miles and just after he's met the frequent-traveler woman of his dreams. Taking his job very seriously and loving the 290 days away from home? George Clooney let go of all his suave and let his eyes show fear and isolation that real people feel.Next
At the same time, a change at his job makes him acquire a student, Natalie, played with sensitivity and vigor by Anna Kendrick, to learn the ropes of the business before potentially making a devastating change to Ryan's way of life. This girl was top in her class, able to get a job in her field wherever her heart desired, yet settled for this firm specializing in firing people so as to not dirty the workers' real superior's hands. The real success story of the film is a revelatory performance from Clooney who really knocks this on out of the park. Everything going on is simply up in the air. And finally, in otherwise cameos, Sam Elliott and the great Zack Galifianakis are uproarious in their respective roles.Next
Ryan Bingham is a corporate downsizing expert whose cherished life on the road is threatened just as he is on the cusp of reaching ten million frequent flyer miles and just after he's met the frequent-traveler woman of his dreams. Glauberman's crisp and precise editing sets the pace as we travel with Ryan in this beautiful account. Up in the Air is one of the best pictures of the year. You really can't say too much about the film, a top ten of the year entry for sure. Halfway through this movie I considered it an 8 out of 10 and decently spent money.Next
Danny McBride, an outstanding comic talent to watch, is as good as ever. It reminded me in many ways of American Beauty, the masterpiece that capped off the '90s when it hit theaters ten years ago. Long after the film, you take these characters home with you and remind yourself of its authenticity in delivery, poise, and premise. What you might initially think is a witty comedy about a jerk of a guy who not only thinks he's better than everyone else, but actually is, that either finds the error of his ways or gets dropped down a peg or two, eventually becomes a tale chock full of heart and emotion. . The adaptation by Reitman and Sheldon Turner is of beautiful and social importance in today's day and age. Along the way, he and the recent college grad, of which the boss loves due to her budget slashing game-changing idea, Natalie, played by Anna Kendrick, both find out what has been lacking in their lives and how to become better people, opening up to love, heartbreak, and the need to grow up.Next
This could very well be the crowd and critical pleaser of the year. Kendrick will likely be sitting along side Farmiga at Oscar's ceremony. Director Jason Reitman combines scenes of these people being fired by Clooney and Kendrick, and their instant responses are wholly authentic. There were two things going on in this movie. There is a lot of subtlety and intricate weaving of plot lines throughout the story, details and sequences that need to be seen fresh to get the full benefit of the film.Next
Every single actor is unforgettable? The interviews at the end with the people who lost their jobs explaining that it was family and support that brought them through bad times hit a perfect note for bringing both parts of the story together. Her character represents many of the Twitter-obsessed twentysomethings driven for money money money, who live for texting, and has naive and even immature ideals of what makes a relationship work. The line deliveries given are some of the best liners of the year. His wallet of plastic has become his lifeblood? The title of this film literally explains what it is like to not know what aspects of your life are solid, such as a home or a significant other. One day, what you thought was one way will turn out to be something else entirely. The evolution he undertakes is really pretty amazing and I credit Kirn, Reitman, and Clooney for pulling it off with grace and laughter.
Director Jason Reitman, that has brought us great Indie classics such as Thank You for Smoking and Juno has crafted his most personal and most effective portrait to date, Up in the Air. India traditional rivalry has always existed between the students of Pachaiyappas and Loyola Colleges respectively. Never showing her hand, Farmiga keeps and earns your trust, attention, and admiration. Up in the Air Based on the novel by Walter Kirn, George Clooney stars as corporate downsizing expert Ryan Bingham, who is hired to help ease the transition of long-term employees to the unemployment line across the country. He always showed the charisma and chops to play confident and successful, but here is allowed to also branch out and express the pent-up frustration that comes with isolated loneliness, the passion one can have for a job that seems horrible, yet, when treated carefully, is a job to take seriously, and the compassion for humanity on the whole, softening enough to realize that there are people around him that need help besides his laid off strangers, help that only he can provide. I really can't think of a better film to cap off this decade.Next
On one end, we were looking at the people getting fired. It is a juicy role for Clooney, who has made a career out of playing easy-talking charmers. On the other end, we were seeing the problems with Ryan's way of life. Karthik Vineeth is poor and an orphan, who studies in Pachaiyappa is College, lives in a rented room, travels by the bus, hangs out with a number of friends, and is the Captain of his football team. When you put them all together, Up in the Air resonates on so many levels; deserving of any praise and accolades to be bestowed upon it.Next
Seemingly not playing with a full deck is Natalie, played most beautifully by Anna Kendrick, who portrays brains don't equal smart choices. The second half came as a big surprise. And everywhere around me I could discern the chilly, gaping smile of blue crevices which caught at my feet, and rendered the tread of my boot-soles unstable. Jason Bateman, playing Craig Gregory, the boss in charge, is amusing in a brief but memorable role. Kendrick earns your care and concern for the character, as she follows Ryan around and constantly badgers him about happiness and love, she naÃ¯vely and courageously shows the tenderest parts of youth in today's world. It has what the 2004 film Sideways lacked, the emotional edge. The role is right up Clooney's alley and with humorous strength, conveys the pain and loneliness of an otherwise charming man successfully.