Up in the Air (2009)
Up in the Air is director jason reitman's follow-up to Juno and Thank you for Smoking. It stars George Clooney who plays Ryan Bingham. His job is to travel all over the country and do the dirty job of firing people for the companies that hire him. He is good at what he does and his life is devoted to his job. He seems more comfortable on an airplane than on ground. The main headquarter for the company is Omaha, which i found very interesting having spent the last 7 years here in the big O. Always good to see the Woodman building in a movie.
Even though clooney plays a cynical and self-absorbed character, you end up cheering for the guy. I was very impressed by the way Clooney portrayed his deep sense of loneliness while hiding behind his cloak of cynicism. Vera Farmiga shines as clooney's love interest and anna kendrick also delivers a very good performance as the fresh talent learning from clooney. Up in the Air provides a lot of real emotions as well as few laughs along the way. if you are looking for a feel good movie, this isn't for you. what it does provide is a smart, well-made indie film that is worth a look.
Rotten Tomatoes- critics- 90% community- 89%
Yong's star rating- 8/10 (worth a look)