Today I went to see Up in the Air, Jason Reitman’s latest movie starring George Clooney. The movie was 110 percent enjoyable. It was smart, witty, sad, hilarious, etc. Other recent movies by Reitman include Juno and Thank You for Smoking.
The movie is about Ryan Bingham, (Clooney) a man whose job is firing others from theirs. He gets to travel the U.S. 322 days of the year. He loves his job and his only goal in life is to gain 10 million flyer miles. In fact, he is such a committment phobe that he gives inspirational speeches on how to avoid committment. He meets another frequent flyer in the form of Alex Goran (Vera Farmiga), in which they find a mutual attraction.
The movie hits on a lot of different themes. Both Ryan and Alex find joy and a ‘safety net’ in being frequent flyers and the sterile environment that surrounds them in hotels and airports. Ryan has isolated himself from just about everything, including neighbors and his family. He gets a false sense of appreciation by the folks at the airline whose job it is to please Ryan. During the majority of the movie, Alex and Ryan seem perfect for each other. They each give solace, and a place for hot sex, for the other. Ryan finally finds someone who he wants to open up to and it comes back to bite him in the ass. The importance of family is also touched on a lot in the movie. One of Ryan’s sisters is getting married and it’s the first time he’s seen them in years because he avoids their phone calls and efforts at contact. But I would say the main topic in the movie surrounds Ryan’s job. The only time Ryan is sensitive is when he’s firing someone. He finds a way to do it gracefully and actually cares and helps the people.
George Clooney was stellar in this movie. It’s the epitome of a fabulous movie, mainly because it’s hilarious and touching at the same time and there’s a lot of great character development. Vera Farmiga, who is quickly becoming one of my favorite actresses, did a wonderful job and her character really threw me for a loop, as it will you too! She’s been in other great movies like Nothing But the Truth and The Departed. Other really memorable roles were filled by Zach Galifianakas (The Hangover), Danny McBride (“Eastbound & Down”), and J.K. Simmons (Juno, “Oz”).