Jason Reitman has had a dream run so far in the moviemaking industry. 3 amazing movies – Thank You For Smoking, Juno, and recently, Up In The Air. Movies that entertain and debate at the same time. This is the kind of stuff I wanna go to theaters to watch as a very very refreshing break from Big Budget Bullshit (B cubed). His direction has this crispness to it, this refreshing feel to it. And none of his movies bore you at any time. This man is an artist in cinema, and the youngest to join the club. Up In The Air is one of the best movies of 2009. A crackerjack screenplay with an A list cast – George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick, Jason Bateman, Danny McBride and Melanie Lynskey among others.
Up In The Air is about Ryan Bingham (George Clooney), a man who’s not weighed down by life: he’s the guy who comanies hire to fire their employees when they don’t have the stomach to do it. Bingham is good at what he does, and he doesn’t worry about it. He has his philosophy that moving is living and settling is slow death. He has family, but they don’t exist to him. He is a man with a goal: 10 million frequent flyer miles and why? We don’t know. In his travels, he meets Alex Goran (Vera Farmiga), a road warrior such as himself and they click over their experiences and preferences in the air. He also teaches Natalie Keener (Anna Kendrick) the ropes of the firing business. Natalie has developed a video conferencing system of firing employees, but Ryan thinks she doesn’t know the business to understand how to do it. And so the story goes.
The screenplay by Reitman and Sheldon Turner is fast paced, jumping from one city to another, with lots of stuff happening. George Clooney has scored one of his best performances yet. He’s a great actor and more so in this one. Vera Farmiga seems to join the club with Marisa Tomei, sexier with age. Anna Kendrick also has a good performance as the college grad with standards. Other co-stars are Reitman regular J.K. Simmons, who has one scene, but probably one of the best scenes in the movie. Zach Galifiankis has a cameo as another fired employee, but doesn’t do much except look sad.
Reitman knows his material, and it shows on screen. His choice of music is also great, and the editing is very sharp. The reveal at the end was very shocking to me, and I guess it was meant to be that way. All in all, I can’t say much because this movie is too good.