23 Jan 2010

Up in the Air

Director: Jason Reitman

Cast: George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick, Jason Bateman

Year: 2009

Genre: Comedy / Drama


Cinema-Reader – 7.6

IMDB – 8.1

FilmAffinity – 7.1

(click picture for Trailer)

Cinema-Reader Synopsis:

Ryan Bingham (George Clooney) has a job that forces him to be up in the air travelling throughout the country carrying with a small suitcase, and making suits of 5 stars hotels as his, sweet according to Ryan himself, home.

Living and in fact enjoying this check in-and-out life, he’ll find himself coping with something he didn’t expect, being settle in an office with 4 walls. And as result, a home.

All his beliefs and what he considers as a pretty enjoyable and fulfilled lifestyle will tremble.

As a last resort, and in order to avoid him settling in the boredom of a normal life, he will try desperately to show his young and brilliant co-worker Natalie (Anna Kendrick) that the job he does cannot be carried out from an office and through a computer.

Cinema-Reader Review:

Jason Reitman’s second piece after his first apprearence Juno, makes an approach to a modern and regular business guy trapped into a frenetic lifestyle; trips and hotel rooms, loyalty cards and on-air meals.

And carryout with this through a really well built screenplay (awarded in the last Golden Globe ceremony 2010) in which all plot developments falls into Clooney’s shoulders once again. However and even though if at first sight that might seem a lot for a single actor, the actor we are talking about is George Clooney, an actor that enjoys receiving all focus on him.

This won’t be his never forgotten performance ever, and having said I’m not a blind fan of him, is worthy acknowledging that Clooney feels more than comfy in this role, a charming and I-don’t-care-about-life cause I-got-whatever-I-want kind of character.

In fact, and focused on the race towards the Oscar, people got tired hearing about Clooney’s real chances of getting an award this year after this performance.

Nothing further than that.

If he looks just good (I repeat, just good) suited on the role is cause the script allows him to do so.

Also because the cast that comes along is gorgeous. Jason Bateman (that repeats after collaborating also in Juno with Reitman) and Anna Kendrick (that shown up in a first place with a supporting role in the Twilight Saga) make this film worth seeing and a proof that Hollywood goes further that huge budgeted blockbusters.

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