With a job that has him traveling around the country firing people, Ryan Bingham leads an empty life out of a suitcase, until his company does the unexpected: ground him. (IMDB)
Writers: Jason Reitman (Screenplay), Walter Kirn (novel),
Stars: George Clooney, Vera Farmiga and Anna Kendrick
Runtime/Rating: 109 Minutes/ R
Popcorn Score: Large Popcorn with Butterh5>
This quick Popcorn Review was taken from the Top Ten Movies of 2009 List:
Up in the air is where George Clooney’s character Ryan Bingham feels most comfortable. He spends a majority of his time flying from one office to the next in city to city all across the country. He is not selling or training, or consulting or hiring, in fact he is doing just the opposite. He is firing. He is the person that so many men and women in the corporate world have unfortunately met with across a conference room table in offices around this country throughout the past 5 years. Bingham has justified his position as a professional hit man by telling himself he is performing a service, performing a task that someone else doesn’t want to do. I suppose in the eyes of the business just like it would hire a janitor to clean the toilets, they can hire someone to do this undesirable task.
The movie is grounded by a character that despite of his easily hate-able profession, is actually well liked. It excels into the great movie that it is with the story twits that involve a pair of women. Both who are equally important and impactful on his life however in different ways. One is a young but very bright new hire to for his company who is overflowing with energy and ideas to make everything better. Perfectly played by Anna Kendrick in an Academy Award nominated role. The other woman in the film is played by Vera Farmiga (The Departed) who was also nominated for her role. Her character Alex Goran impacts the life of our leading man in a much more personal than professional way.
Up in the Air is the 3rd feature from Director Jason Reitman after the two intelligent and unconventional mainstream hits; Thank you for Smoking and Juno. The fact that he makes movies a cut above the rest or directors in the business is easier to believe when you find out who his father is; Ivan Reitman – the director of Ghostbusters. He is a one of the best directors in this decade and delivers an absolute memorable gem with Popcorn Movie Review’s 2nd best movie of 2009.
Large Popcorn with Butter.